About Tamar

I am a doctoral candidate in journalism and media at the University of Texas at Austin, planning to defend my dissertation in December 2022. My core interest lies in connecting the dots between journalism, communication, and other disciplines to understand why misinformation is believed and what we can do to address the misinformation problem. My research interests related to this include news literacy, media credibility and media trust, and social media. 

I am a productive researcher, with five peer-reviewed journal articles published in Journalism Studies, Journalism Practice, Social Media + Society, the Howard Journal of Communications, and the American Journal of Public Health. I’ve also presented 15 peer-reviewed conference papers, and I’ve worked as a teaching assistant for three courses: Social Media Journalism, Media Law, and Introduction to Global Media. Students and professors alike have remarked on my empathetic approach to teaching.

From January to September 2022, I worked as a graduate research assistant at Co-Designing for Trust, a National Science Foundation-funded project that draws on workshops with teachers, librarians, and journalists to develop initiatives to tackle the misinformation crisis. My research experience also includes almost three years’ work at UT’s Center for Media Engagement (CME), where I was lead graduate research assistant on the Civic Signals project.

Before I began my academic career, I spent 15 years as a journalist and consultant, mostly recently writing about the media and science communication.  I was a frequent contributor to the Columbia Journalism Review and consulted regularly for the American Press Institute. Other outlets I’ve contributed to include Poynter.org, Newsweek, and Skeptical Inquirer.

I also have extensive experience writing about renewable energy, the environment, urban development, public policy, economic development and business. I’ve written hundreds of articles published in newspapers, trade magazines, general interest magazines, online and on interactive TV services. Outlets I’ve written for, in the U.S. and U.K., include sustainable business websites Environmental Leader, Energy Manager Today and Environment Energy Pro, the political and social issues magazine New Internationalist, satirical magazine Private Eye, satellite television company UKTV, and trade magazines Architectural Record, Windpower Monthly, Windpower OffshoreRegeneration & Renewal, Real Business and Real Finance.

Together with Amanda Warner, I am the creator of Post Facto, a game that teaches social media users how to fact-check news in their feeds.

I earned my B.A. in philosophy with honors from Wesleyan University and my M.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri, and trained in magazine journalism at PMA Training, which is accredited by the U.K.’s Periodicals Training Council. In my spare time, I run and sing in a School of Rock band. I live in Dallas with my husband Will and our grouchy orange cat, Ranji.

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