Meet brag book’s latest Tara Taghizadeh. This entertainment reporter was most recently employed at Gannett News Service as the entertainment reporter. She’s also worked for National Geographic, US News Ventures, Post-Newsweek Tech Media and Ryan Publishers in London.
What working journalist do you most admire and why? David Carr of The New York Times, Hendrik Hertzberg of the New Yorker, Jack Shafer at Slate, and Andrew O’Hehir and Heather Havrilesky at Salon.com to name a few. They never disappoint. I always look forward to reading their stories and walk away having learned something.
Proudest moment in your career? I have been fortunate enough to interview various authors and celebrities, but I suppose my interviews with fashion designer Liz Claiborne and the comedian Lewis Black were memorable. Claiborne was quite intimidating, and Black (whom I consider one of the best comedians in the biz) was an absolute pleasure to interview.
Another proud moment: When I was at National Geographic, I was freelancing on the side for a wonderful book publisher called Counterpoint in DC, where I had the opportunity to work on Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s book, “Invisible Allies,” which they were publishing. It was a real thrill to be a part of the process of publishing the work of a literary giant like Solzhenitsyn.
What is something that most people don’t know about you? I have lived in seven countries and three continents.
Tara’s Q&A is continued after the jump…
What’s your guilty pleasure? Watching reality TV tops the list. I’m an entertainment junkie, so I figure it’s okay because I might end up writing about these shows. You can ask me anything about, for example, “Top Chef,” “Real Housewives of NYC,” and “Miami Social” and I’m sure to know the answer.
What/who is your dream interview? Aside from the obvious choice–President and Mrs. Obama–I would have to stick with writers, artists, filmmakers, etc.: My first choice would be the incredibly talented and reclusive J. D. Salinger. Salinger is one of the reasons I decided to write. After reading his books, I thought: “When I grow up, I want to write like him.” Also, I would have to say that I would love to interview Woody Allen. He’s certainly lost his touch in the past decade, but he is still one of the most important and active filmmakers in the country. I think he would be a real challenge to interview.
Anything else we should know? I am in the process of writing a book. It started off as a short story, but I have recently decided to write a manuscript. It’s a fictional account of the life and times of General DeGaulle.