Tara Murtha



Tara Murtha

Reporting and analysis from policy to pop.

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



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.
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The Secret Life of Bobbie Gentry

50 years after Ode to Billie Joe, Bobbie Gentry's pioneering career continues to inspire young artists.
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Can behavioral science make journalism better?

How science can help journalists navigate a post-fact, digital-first world.
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'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.
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When 'activist' is used as a weapon

We should pay more attention to the word “activist” and how it is used in the news.
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RADIO: Ode to an Enigma: How Bobbie Gentry ghosted us all

Radio piece featuring Donovan, Susanna Hoffs & Tara Murtha on pioneering artist Bobbie Gentry.
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Why it's so hard to get abortion coverage right

Reproductive health is a multi-beat topic in the daily news, yet coverage of abortion so often falls short.
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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.
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Review: Diane Arbus, Portrait of a Photographer

Portraits of a city long gone, snapshots from an impossible vacation from herself.
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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.
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Bill Cosby's Fate Could Hinge on a Small-Town Election

Troiani has said that if Castor wins the election next week, Constand "will likely back out" of the case.
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Review: Helen Oyeyemi's "What Is Not Yours is Not Yours"

Oyeyemi carefully slices out the parts she wants you to notice the most.
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Tara Murtha

Features, analysis, essays + arts.

I'm into thinking and writing about trauma-informed journalism, public interest communications in a digital post-fact world, music and art, reproductive rights, books, issues related to violence against women, wonky health policy, forgotten pop histories, true crime, rock and roll, old Hollywood and country stars.

Author of critically acclaimed "Ode to Billie Joe," published by the 33 1/3 series, Bloomsbury.

I'm an Ochberg Fellow at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, Columbia University.

I've won some local, regional and national journalism awards.

I write songs too but you'll probably never hear them.