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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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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...
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When it comes to the region's food traditions, it doesn't get much more iconic than the Chesapeake Bay blue crab. But the watermen who catch blue crabs say the number of young people opting to pursue a life on the water is on the decline, and they're worried their way of life may be on the way out. Tara Boyle spent a day out on the bay with some watermen to find out about the ebb an...
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It's a Friday afternoon, and Marci Rose Levine is playing with her 2-year-old twins, Garrett and Jason, in the kitchen of their Bethesda home. "We had a really great morning," she says. "They took a good long nap, and so this is the first time when we've really been home, just sitting and dealing with all their energy." Levine is a partner at the Washington law firm SN...
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Last winter, Tracy Hresko Pearl thought she was ready to have a baby. She and her husband, Alex, bought 36 books on pregnancy and parenting to get themselves ready. "We were happy about being pregnant, but also nervous and stressed out like any new parents," she says. When Hresko Pearl's daughter Lilly arrived after 54 hours of labor, she was surprised to find that the...
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A labor of love If you could retire tomorrow, how would you spend your free time? For one Baltimore cardiologist, the answer is picking up trash. Raymond Bahr is on a mission to clean up his city's harbor, one soda bottle and styrofoam cup at a time. Tara Boyle meets the man who admits he's on a "mission impossible," and finds out whether his efforts are ac...
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We share your questions and comments from the past few weeks. This time around, we hear from a far-flung listener in Honduras, and get reaction to our recent stories on D.C.'s gun laws and the would-be minister of the Anacostia River.[Music: [Music: "A Message to You Rudy (Karaoke-Version) As Made Famous By: The Specials" by Charly Karaoke Group from Karaoke World: Here We Go /...
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Our weekly trip around the region. Today, we visit Garrett Park, Md., and Tenleytown in NW D.C.[Music: "No, Girl" by John Davis from Title Tracks]...
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Officials in Howard County are urging residents to stay off the road as they work to restore power to traffic lights on one of the county's busiest roads.Howard County Executive Ken Ulman says traffic lights are out on Route 40, a key artery between Baltimore and suburban communities to the south.He says downed trees are also a problem in many neighborhoods, and firefigh...
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For some drivers, a close call can change everything. One woman from Delaware, who wanted to remain anonymous, says she used to do just fine while crossing the Bay Bridge to the Eastern Shore until she nearly crashed one day a few years ago."I had an experience where someone came over their lane, and I literally thought they would hit me,...
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Garfield Elementary is not the same school it was a year ago. In June 2010, D.C. officials announced the school, on Alabama Avenue in Anacostia, would be "reconstituted." That means teachers had to re-apply for their old jobs."We have all new staff or staff who elected to return to the school last school year," says Angela Tilghman, the principal at Garfield.Bringing in ...
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Bluegrass legend Hazel Dickens passed away last Friday, just weeks after sitting down with Metro Connection for what was her final interview. We remember Dickens through her own words and music.[Music: "West Virginia, My Home" by Hazel Dickens from A Few Old Memories / "The Times They Are A-Changin' by Pickin' On Series from Tangled Up In Bluegrass: A Tribute to Dylan]...
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In a city with more brainpower than almost any other in the world, the push to "get ahead" starts early -- with preschool. Tara Boyle talks with parents about the stress of trying to choose a good program for your child, and finds out why the waiting lists for preschool are so long in the District....
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More than 360,000 cars will make the trek over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge this Memorial Day weekend. And among them will be travelers who have an intense fear of bridges, or "gephyrophobia." In fact, so many people fear crossing the Bay Bridge that you can now hire a driver to take you over the span for $25 per trip. Tara Boyle heads to the bridge to investigate this phobia and the ...
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From our recent look at elders and aging to our story on the "golden age of the bus," we share some recent listener letters.Do you have a question or comment about the show? Click the "Contact" link at the top of the page![Music: "A Message to You Rudy (Karaoke-Version) As Made Famous By: The Specials" by Charly Karaoke Group from Karaoke World: Here We Go / "59th Street...
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"Washington" and "D.C.": is there really a difference between the two? Well, we decided to find out, with a little help from longtime Washingtonian and WAMU host Kojo Nnamdi, and some D.C. residents who are declaring their love for the District in a very personal, and permanent, way.[Music: "Every Little Bit Hurts" by John Davis from ...