WAMU 88.5 Contributors

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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Ask most Silver Spring residents, and they'll tell you their community’s downtown has come a long way over the past decade. These days, you can find all sorts of restaurants there, serving everything from jumbo diver scallops to lamb tartare. You can hit up the farmer’s market on Saturdays for organic apples and gourmet goat cheese. You can swing by the AFI Silver to ca...
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Many Washingtonians know Kojo Nnamdi as a journalist — a longtime presence here at WAMU 88.5 and, for years, at Howard University’s WHUT. But for many years, in Shaw, people also knew him as their neighbor, a dad raising his sons in a neighborhood going through difficult times. Kojo and his wife moved to Shaw in 1972, in search of a larger home to accommodate their growing...
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Rania Peet is a woman in search of a very specific item: A working fog machine. She's rummaging through big plastic bins she just pulled out of a backyard shed. She lists the items as she sorts through them. "Spider webs, body parts, spandex, lights, fog machines, fog chiller, chicken wire ghosts, animated props, candles, extension cords... and random things," she says. ...
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The Washington Navy Yard is closed this morning as the FBI continues to investigate yesterday's shootings at the installation. Navy officials have said that the Navy Yard will remain closed today, with the exception of emergency responders and essential personnel. Vice Admiral Peter Daly, the Chief Executive Officer of the United States Naval Institute, said a sh...
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Every weekend, Katherine Walker's routine was the same: She went to the National Zoo with her three children. Walker's son Adam, who has a form of autism, was obsessed with the zoo, and that obsession dictated the family's choices. Eventually, those zoo trips became emblematic of Adam's control over the family, and Walker realized how much her twin daughters were sacrificing to keep...
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Since last fall, we've been following Maryland residents Richard and Jessica Johnson as they sail around the world. Tara Boyle catches up with the Johnsons as they begin their long trip across the Pacific Ocean, and hears about their adventures in the Galapagos islands. ...
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Researchers say they're uncovering evidence that a neighborhood in Easton, Md. may be the oldest community of free African Americans in the United States. The neighborhood is called "The Hill," and is believed to date back to at least the late 1700s. A group of archaeologists from the University of Maryland and Morgan State University recently spent several weeks i...
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Marlene Berlin spends a lot of time thinking about sidewalks. She's the pedestrian advocate for Iona Senior Services, and vice-chair of the D.C. Pedestrian Advisory Council. "We live in an urban environment and sidewalks are a basic infrastructure for all modes of transportation," she says. Berlin has studied "sidewalk gaps" in the District, and says filling these ga...
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Walk into Figs Mediterranean Café in the District's Palisades neighborhood, and you'll be greeted by a man with a wide, warm smile and a light East African accent. His name is Saud Niori, and he's quick with recommendations for your lunch order. "We've got the fattoush salad, the cucumber citrus salad, the beet salad over here... my favorite is the curried chickpeas, ...
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Since last fall, we've been following Richard and Jessica Johnson as they set sail from their Oxford, Md. home for a year-long sailing expedition. Over the past seven months, they've traveled down the Atlantic coast, through the Caribbean, and across the Panama Canal. We caught up with Richard and Jessica again as they were preparing to make the long trip across the Pacific Ocean....
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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...