Recently,the promotions team at NPR asked us to write up little 25 second pieces about why we work at NPR (or something like that). So,I wrote about being trapped in the back seat of a very small Subaru listening to NPR (KCRW at the time) while sitting in traffic on the 101 or the 405 or Forest Lawn Drive. That was the beginning. Then when I was older,my parents would actually discuss the stories with me –not just the content but the production. Then there was the Marantz professional tape deck my dad got me when I was 11 or 12. I still use the RE-50 microphone that came with it.
I suppose my career path was inevitable. And I feel incredibly lucky that it’s all worked out this way. Here’s the final product,at 25 seconds of it.
The photos in the video are me when I was a kiddo randomly sitting on a small battery operated car,me interviewing Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour about the BP oil spill,and me in Haiti shortly after the earthquake.
This fall I’ll spend the better part of a week at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism as a “journalist in residence.” I swear it hasn’t been that long since I graduated from the J-School. Well,if I do the math,I guess it has been nearly a decade.
I can’t really explain how excited I am to visit the school,meet the students and hopefully share some of the things I’ve learned over those 10 years. Most of my time will be spent in classrooms,but there is one public event planned. Here’s the official description:
The Big Story:National Public Radio’s Tamara Keith
The other day,I got a message on Facebook from myself. Well,at least that’s what it looked like. I had gone 30 years thinking I had a completely strange name that only my hippie parents could come up with. I suffered through all the mispronunciations and misspellings and mocking from kids who thought my name was similar enough to “Tomorrow”to sing.
But it turns out there are several Tamara Keiths out there,and one of them went through the trouble of finding me. My friend Rob Sachs thought this was so funny he decided to do a podcast all about people who have the same name.