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Award-winning journalist Tara Nurin is a Philadelphia/Camden, NJ-based freelance writer who holds the title of Epikur Writer of the Year and specializes in craft beer, food, tourism and sustainability coverage. Her stories about craft beer and other topics have appeared in Ale Street News, All About Beer, Draft, USAirways, Philadelphia magazine, The Inquirer, New Jersey Monthly, WHYY, CBS.com, NJSpotlight,com, WNYC.com, and others. She is the host of the Michelob Minute on the international cable and Internet video show, “Still Crazy After All These Beers,” hosted by Gary Monterosso and is the founder of Beer for Babes, New Jersey’s original group for women interested in beer. As a Cicerone Certified Beer Server, Tara is also the official historian for Pink Boots Society, an international organization for women in the beer industry.
Tara wrote the weekly “Scene At Night” entertainment column for the Courier-Post and regularly covered South Jersey and Philadelphia nightlife for Cities2Night.com. She is the former Philadelphia editor/contributor to Citysearch.com and the editor and co-writer of the book The American College Salutes the Greatest Generation, a collection of essays honoring the World War II generation. Further, she designed and executed writing and public relations campaigns for diverse clients, including Cárdenas-Grant Communications, owned by two previous Directors of Communication for the city’s mayoral office, and currently serves as a stringer and the former suburban correspondent for the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, in addition to contributing editorial content to the Atlantic City Alliance and the University City District. In 2008, she won 2nd place for best Magazine Feature Writing by the New Jersey Society for Professional Journalists.
Tara is also an Emmy-nominated documentary producer and director. She made her directorial debut with the short documentary “Free the River Park – The Story of Citizens’ Fight to Free the Schuylkill River Park,” which she also produced. “Free the River Park” is an official selection of numerous international film festivals and, in 2008, was shown at a special screening hosted by Philadelphia’s Mayor Michael Nutter. Since leaving her job as an on-air Philadelphia TV news reporter, Tara has produced documentaries for some of the region’s most highly respected filmmakers. She produced a feature-length movie entitled “The Barrel of a Gun” about Mumia Abu-Jamal and Officer Daniel Faulkner. Directing the project was Tigre Hill, a Philadelphia filmmaker who has been recognized by the national media and by numerous political organizations as one of this decade’s pre-eminent political documentarians. In 2006, Tara was the associate producer on the feature documentary “Hard Coal: Last of the Bootleg Miners,” which was nominated for Best Documentary in the Philadelphia International Film Festival.
As a college student at Tufts University, Tara earned a dual degree in International Relations and Sociology, during which time she was chosen for a highly competitive internship at Boston’s WCVB-TV, named the Radio and TV News Directors Station of the Year in 1998. After volunteering as a reporter for a Latin American affairs show on the Pacifica Network’s WBAI radio station in Manhattan, Tara headed to Chicago to attend graduate school. At the prestigious Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, she served as the sole student–faculty liaison and won a rare full scholarship to the national Journalism and Women Symposium in 1998. As part of her studies, Tara covered the Cook County Criminal Court for various Chicago-area newspapers and, during a quarter in Washington, D.C., worked as the congressional correspondent for Time Warner’s New York One TV station and for an FM radio station in the Florida Keys. In Washington, Tara also won the Society of Professional Journalists “Excellence in Reporting” award for her contributions to a TV series about skin cancer.
After graduation, Tara spent ten years reporting, anchoring and producing newscasts for television stations in Charlottesville, VA, Memphis, TN and at Philadelphia’s CN8. In Memphis she used her fluency in Spanish to develop a weekly news franchise that explored issues facing the region’s growing Latino population. In Philadelphia she received an Emmy nomination for her part in covering the beginnings of the Iraq war.