Tara Murtha



Tara Murtha

Writer. Public Communications Expert. Working cat mom.

Bylines New York Times, CNN, Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Shondaland, Philadelphia Inquirer, PennLive,, etc.

Author of critically acclaimed "Ode to Billie Joe" for the 33 1/3 series

Say hello! Follow: @taramurtha



Back to Chickasaw Land: Bobbie Gentry's The Delta Sweete

As the record swings open, Gentry welcomes listeners “back to Chickasaw land.”.
No Depression Link to Story

Finding Balance in a Tiny, Wobbly Boat

Every stroke is an invitation to correct mistakes. Rowing is about perpetually starting over.
The New York Times Link to Story

50 Years of Feeling Bobbie Gentry’s ‘Fancy’

Fifty years after Bobbie Gentry first recorded it, “Fancy,” like its title character, ain’t done bad.
Dangerous Minds Link to Story

Pro/Con: Yes, of course we should pass the ERA

A century later, we're still debating enshrining the basic idea of sex equality in the Constitution.
Philadelphia Inquirer Link to Story

The Highwomen are revolutionizing country music

Country music is often described as three chords and the truth. But whose truth gets to be told?

The Secret Life of Bobbie Gentry

50 years after Ode to Billie Joe, Bobbie Gentry's pioneering career continues to inspire young artists.
Rolling Stone Link to Story

In a new book, domestic workers get their #MeToo moment. We need to listen.

Here to find the American dream, domestic workers often discover a nightmare.
The Washington Post Link to Story

The Performance Art of Dolly Parton

"I always think of her, the Dolly image, like a ventriloquist does his dummy," explained Parton.
Shondaland Link to Story

What She Hasn't Got: An Apology For Sinéad O'Connor

Sinéad O’Connor has become our lady of perpetual redemption.
Refinery29 Link to Story

'9 to 5' Turns 35, and It's Still Radical Today

The plot of 9 to 5 feels nothing short of radical, even (and perhaps especially) today.
Rolling Stone Link to Story

On the Strange State of Capital Punishment in Pennsylvania

Pa. is less likely to execute a death row inmate than any other state with the death penalty.
The New Republic Link to Story

How Politicians Force Doctors to Lie to Women

Doctors today are not only allowed to, but in some cases are even forced to, lie to patients by politicians.
Rolling Stone Link to Story


Tara Murtha

Covering health policy, science, gender, violence, trauma, music, books, art, media & culture published at New York Times, Rolling Stone, Poynter, Shondaland, Washington Post, etc.

Critically acclaimed "Ode to Billie Joe" for the 33 1/3 Series published by Bloomsbury Academic

"She Does Not Want What She Has Not Got: An Apology For Sinead O'Connor" in The B-Sides, Bloomsbury, September 2019

"The Ripple Effect," CB Books anthology, 2012

Public Interest Communications.
Communications for the Women's Law Project. Ochberg Fellow at Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma, Columbia University.

Have taught Trauma Journalism and features writing at Temple University and Rosemont College.

On-stage Speaker & Moderator.
Ken Burns' Country Music Premiere, World Cafe, 2019
In Conversation with Glennon Doyle, Keswick Theatre, 2019
In Conversation with Andy Borowitz, Keswick Theatre, 2018
An Evening with Dean Strang & Jerry Buting of "Making a Murderer," two sold-out nights at Keswick Theatre, 2016
Speaker, March to End Rape Culture Philadelphia, 2014
In Conversation with Damien Echols, 215 Literary Festival, 2013

Reading of Cherry Bomb Books War on Women at The Performance Salon Philadelphia, 2013
The Lower 40: An Ode to Bobbie Gentry--14-piece concert at the World Cafe aired on WXPN, 2014
The Lower 40: An Ode to Bobbie Gentry, Underground Arts, 2014
Ode to Bobbie Gentry: Celebrating a Living Legend, Bell House, NYC, 2018

On Air.
"Deep Dive: An All Music Podcast," 2019
CKUA "Hidden Track" podcast, 2019
High in the '70s, WXPN, 2018
PRI Studio 360, "Ode to an Enigma," 2017
WHYY Radio Times, "Delving into the Mysteries of 'Ode to Billie Joe' & Bobbie Gentry," 2014
"Something Cool" podcast, 2015
Fun2Know Podcast, 2015
WHYY, Prostitution & Trauma, supported by Scattergood Foundation, 2013
WHYY Radio Times, Statute of Limitation in Child Sex Abuse Cases, 2012