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Taghizadeh Launches Highbrow Magazine

You may recall Tara Taghizadeh from FishbowlDC’s Brag Book.  She appeared in the feature after being laid off from Gannett News Service, where she worked as an entertainment reporter.  But it seems job hunting wasn’t her bag so Taghizadeh took matters into her own hands and instead launched Highbrow Magazine.

The new publication calls itself “a liberal, general-interest online magazine for arts/entertainment, news and politics, media, food and travel.”  Some of the site’s debut headlines include:  ‘Top 10 Films Every Highbrow Should Own’, ‘In Defense of Rep. Weiner’, and ‘The Return of Candidate Obama.’

Taghizadeh, who serves as publisher and editor, says the goal of the goal of the magazine is to feature thought-provoking, intelligent writing — with an edge.

“We plan to cover issues of the day, but also offer insight into more unusual subjects that are not always covered by the mainstream media,” she explained.

The site has already nabbed a handful of contributors and it appears they’re looking for more.  A recent tweet from the publication says: “If you’re interested in writing for Highbrow Magazine or submitting photography and artwork, send an email to”

Note to Tara:  Betsy has offered to pen a biweekly column about eyebrows for Highbrow with her fav broadcaster and exquisite eyebrow raiser, ABC 7’s Steven Tschida.  Hit her up if interested.

Everyone else can check out Highbrow here.

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FishbowlDC’s Brag Book: Meet Tara Taghizadeh

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 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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