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Tara Boyle

Managing Producer

Tara Boyle is a managing producer for WAMU 88.5 News. She oversees Metro Connection, WAMU's weekly newsmagazine program, as well as Coastal Connection, a weekly public affairs program for listeners in Ocean City, Md. She is also the managing producer of Breaking Ground, WAMU’s documentary series hosted by Kavitha Cardoza.

Tara began her career at The Boston Globe, where she covered crime, education and state politics.  She joined the Morning Edition team at WBUR in Boston in 2001, and became a producer for The Kojo Nnamdi Show at WAMU in 2005. 

In 2009, she helped to launch The Animal House, WAMU’s nationally syndicated program about science, wildlife conservation, and the animal kingdom.  In 2010, she led a group of WAMU producers and reporters to Haiti for a week of live talk show discussions from Port-au-Prince.  Her work has received awards from the Chesapeake Bay Associated Press Association and the Alliance for Women in Media, among others.

Tara graduated summa cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in journalism and French from Boston University, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She received her master's degree in international affairs from The George Washington University. Tara lives in Columbia, Md. with her husband and son.


Articles Written by Tara Boyle

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In the backyard of their Bel Air, Md. home, Hunter and Kyla McLaughlin are bouncing on their trampoline, blowing off steam. Their mom, Shelly, says these siblings are best friends. "They're a year apart, and in some ways they're almost like twins," she says. But in some ways, this brother and sister have been through much more than many siblings. Hunter is 11 and has...
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Last fall, Maryland residents Jessica and Richard Johnson left the Eastern Shore on a yearlong sailing expedition with their daughters, Emma and Molly. Since then, they've traveled thousands of miles down the Atlantic Coast and into the Caribbean. And they've seen some remarkable sites, including a bay whose waters are famous for a one-of-a-kind, glowing bioluminescence. ...
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It's the last Friday before spring break, and teachers at the Al-Huda School are scrambling to wrap up lessons before saying goodbye to their students for a week. First-grade teacher Shirin Ishaq is in the middle of a math lesson. Several dozen girls, dressed in blue dresses and white headscarves, have their hands in the air, waving for her attention. "Okay, we have five penn...
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Imagine setting sail on the Chesapeake Bay. The wind is at your back, your sails are swelling in the breeze... and it's a balmy 36 degrees outside. This is the time of year when most sailors stay put and dream of warmer days to come. But Richard and Jessica Johnson of Oxford, Md. didn't want to wait. So they recently set off on a year-long sailing expedition on their 62-foot c...
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Jessica and Richard Johnson of Oxford, Md. are living what some may consider the ultimate dream, sailing all over the world on their 62-foot catamaran, Elcie. And they just departed on another big trip, bringing their children — 11-year-old Emma and 9-year-old Molly — along for the journey. Molly has been on a boat since she was a toddler, and both she and her big sister w...
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If we could go back in time, exactly one hundred years, to the America of 1912, what would our nation look like? Local writer Paul Dickson says 1912 was a particularly memorable year. New Mexico was admitted to the United States in January, and Arizona followed in February. The Titanic sunk in April. And on the political front, the first party primaries were held. "And...
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When you’re an archaeologist, you get used to digging, and digging, and digging some more, and coming up with not much. But sometimes, you find buried treasure. Kate Deeley is standing in a sun-filled lab at the University of Maryland holding just such a treasure. It’s a very old button — more than 100 years old — and she and her colleagues believe it once belonged to ...
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The director of the D.C. Department of the Environment has been fired. Christophe Tulou was hired by then-Mayor Adrian Fenty in May 2010. He came to the Department of the Environment with a decade of experience on Capitol Hill and had also worked as secretary of Delaware's environmental department.  Tulou's firing is effective immediately. Tony Robinson...
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Howard County police have released tapes of 911 calls made shortly after the fatal train derailment in Ellicott City, Md., last month. The audio includes four 911 calls made shortly after a CSX freight train derailed August 20.  The callers sound shocked...
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Every day, well before dawn, hundreds of commuters make the trek from West Virginia to the nation's capital. The eastern panhandle of the Mountain State remains a popular place to live for many people who work in or near D.C., even as housing prices have dropped closer to the city. Tara Boyle journeys to Martinsburg, WV — more than 85 miles from the District — to talk with resid...
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It's been 200 years since the start of the War of 1812 — a conflict that pitted the United States against the British Empire it had fought just a few decades earlier in the Revolutionary War. As the nation prepares to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812, it's not much of an exaggeration to say this war is often overshadowed by other conflicts in our nation's hist...
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Melanie Tresnak is only 18 years old, but she's already got some serious skills when it comes to ice cream. "After many years, I can master three cones at once," she says. Tresnak is a worker at Ellicott City, Md.'s Soft Stuff. She demonstrated the three-cone technique on a recent Friday afternoon, swirling two orders of chocolate and vanilla twist and holding them bot...
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Fernanda Fortiz was 17 years old when her mother concluded that life in El Salvador was too dangerous for her daughter. Gang violence was a problem there, and she wanted Fortiz to return to the United States, where she was born. "My parents separated when I was 5, so my mom went back to El Salvador, and she took me," says Fortiz. "And when I was 17, she sent me back because it...
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Aristide Zogdoule came to the U.S. after years of success playing music in locales as diverse as Belgium, Indonesia, and Singapore. And he expected that within a few years, he'd see his name in lights here in D.C. "Unfortunately it didn't happen," he says. "But you know, I am still very happy with what I am doing." What he's doing is juggling a job as a restaurant mana...
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(February 3-March 4) A Different Sort of Runaway BrideIf the approach of Valentine’s Day already has you cringing, Constellation Theatre Company’s Blood Wedding might be a perfect fit for your mood.&...
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(February 4-May 6) A Photography-Painting Mash-UpThe Kodak handheld camera was a big deal when it debuted in 1888 and it didn’t take long for post-Impressionist painters such as Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuilla...
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(February 3-4) Step and SoulThe D.C.-based company, Step Afrika, is kicking off February, Black History month, with a dance celebration. The company will perform its classic work “Wade” -inspired by African American spiritual songs -- at Sidney Harman Hall this Friday at 8pm and on Saturday at 2pm and ...
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(January 31-March 25) Examining Generation MeAn elite university is the setting for Really, Really, a comic tragedy at Arlington’s Signature Theatre tonight. It’s the world premiere of the play by Paul Downs Colaizzo that asks how far people will go…no matter what the cost. Really, Really  is intended for mature audiences and runs through late March....
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(January 30) Impressive Impressionists If you've spent the past few years wondering when the National Gallery of Art would reopen its renowned French galleries, your wait is over. A two-year renovation has been completed and the expansive collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist painters is once again on public...
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South Queen Street in downtown Martinsburg, W.V. feels almost like a movie set of small-town America. There's a chocolate shop, a bistro, and an old-fashioned pharmacy with a soda fountain. "The amenities are all here," says George Karos, mayor of Martinsburg and the owner of the aforementioned pharmacy, Patterson's Drug Store. "[We've got] a small-town location, the real es...