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FishbowlDC’s Brag Book: Meet Tara Taghizadeh

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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.

Check out some of Tara’s recent work here and here, her LinkedIn profile here and you can reach her by email here.

Tara’s Q&A is continued after the jump…

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Taking Out The Trash

What we almost missed today…

• Tonight’s primetime press conference is a costly one. B&C reports that according to the latest ad pricing data from Nielsen, this 8-9pm Wednesday slot generates around $21.5 million for the big four. Maybe that’s why Fox is only carrying it on cable.

• NYO’s Felix Gillette reports today that the NBC Washington Bureau is considering renting out some space, possibly to neighboring American University.

• E&P reports the Newspaper Association of America is cutting its staff by 50% and will no longer print its magazine Presstime.

• Al Jazeera is coming to a TV near you. WaPo reports that through an agreement with MHz, Al Jazeera English “will become available today to households throughout the Washington area, and to cable and broadcast viewers in 20 other cities in a few months.”

• The Roosevelt Institute has pulled together a bunch of media types and progressive advocacy people as contributors for a new progressive economics blog, New Deal 2.0. Regular contributors include The Nation‘s Chris Hayes, The New Yorker‘s Hendrik Hertzberg, NYO‘s Joe Conason, The American Prospect‘s Robert Kuttner and more.

• Just who does Dan Froomkin think should be covering tonight’s press conference? Find out here.

Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet The Press: Rahm Emanuel, Incoming White House Chief of Staff, Tom Brokaw, NBC News, David Brooks, New York Times, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Presidential Historian, Tavis Smiley, Host, PBS’s Tavis Smiley, Chuck Todd, Political Director, NBC News.

  • Face the Nation: Incoming National Economic Council director Lawrence Summers, Georgetown University Michael Eric Dyson and Slate’s John Dickerson.

  • This Week: David Axelrod, President-elect Obama’s senior adviser and a roundtable with The Brookings Institution’s E.J. Dionne, PBS’ Gwen Ifill and ABC News’ Donna Brazile, Matthew Dowd, and George Will.

  • Face The Nation: Lawrence Summers, President-Elect Obama’s designee to be the director of
    the National Economic Council.

  • Fox News Sunday: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Incoming White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs and a panel with Brit Hume, Fox News Senior Political Analyst, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News and Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News.

  • CNN’s State of The Union with John King: President-elect Barack Obama, David Axelrod, senior Obama adviser, Ed Gillespie, Bush White House counselor, Dana Perino, Bush White House press secretary, Dee Dee Myers, former Clinton White House press secretary, Dan Lothian, CNN White House correspondent, April Ryan, White House correspondent, American Urban Radio Networks

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad.

  • GPS: Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan, Pat Buchanan, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s John O’Sullivan and New Yorker’s Hendrik Hertzberg.

  • Chris Matthews Show: HD Net’s Dan Rather, New York Times’ Helene Cooper, NBC Washington bureau chief Mark Whitaker and BBC’s Katty Kay.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Sen. Judd Gregg, (R-NH), Ranking Member on the Senate Banking Committee, will be interviewed by Shailagh Murray, Washington Post Congressional Reporter, and Martin Kady, The Politico Congressional Reporter.