Tanya Ballard Brown

Tanya Ballard Brown

Tanya Ballard Brown
Neiman Fellow
Harvard University

Tanya is a 2019 fellow with the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, spending an academic year studying how comedic journalism — the intersection of humor, satire and journalism — can help journalists connect more with their audiences and build community.

She loves pop culture, arts and entertainment, and has laughed loudly on NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast and Facebook Live segments. She sings show tunes, dances randomly, takes acting, improv, standup comedy and sketch comedy writing classes, performs at standup open mics and storytelling events, fronts a band made up of NPR staffers and dreams of being a bass player. Or Sarah Vaughan. Whichever comes first.

When she’s not following her passion for comedy and performing, she’s a seasoned editor with experience brainstorming and implementing digital features, managing producers and interns, crafting promotional text and social media pitches, and writing, editing and reporting for print, digital and radio.