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Tara's passion is diving into breaking news stories and she has traveled the county, state and the country to tell them, including the Virginia Tech Massacre, the 2008/2012/2016 presidential race and Hurricane Katrina. Tara's coverage of the ravaged Gulf Coast led to tens of thousands of dollars in donations from across the Hudson Valley and prompted a local village to adopt a church in Algiers. Months later, Westchester County recognized Tara's efforts by naming a day in her honor.
To date, Tara has had 8 days named in her honor in communities across New York. Her award-winning ‘Hooked on Heroin’ coverage led to the Guidance Center of New Rochelle and the Rockland Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence to select Tara as their annual Gala honoree.
Tara has also covered major criminal cases in New York and was inside the courtroom for the convictions and sentencing of Bernard Madoff, Actor Lillo Brancato Jr and first broke the Millionaire Murder Mystery involving the the death of Fontainebleau hotel heir Ben Novack Jr. She also spent four years covering the 9/11 health crisis, following local emergency responders down to Washington for congressional hearings. One of Tara's stories, even won the New York Festivals international 'Grand Award.'
Tara was also a 2005 Walter Cronkite political fellow and spends much of her time producing, writing and reporting News 12's political coverage. Tara has interviewed presidents, governors and reported live from state and national political conventions. Before joining News 12, she started out her career working jobs/internships at The White House, Capitol Hill, CNN's White House unit and CBS News during the 2000 presidential elections.
She also spent some time, as a student, travel writing for the Miami Herald...which helped her pursue her favorite hobby. Tara has logged trips to nearly 50 countries.
Her first on-air job took her to eastern Iowa where she reported for an NBC affiliate there. After that, Tara traded in the cornfields for the vineyards of Upstate New York. She spent two years anchoring the 5:30, 6 and 11pm news and hosting a talk show for the NBC affiliate WETM-TV in Elmira.
Outside of work, Tara's passion is the 'private race to space'. Her dream one day is to visit the final frontier on board a Virgin Galactic flight!
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