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…