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  • Student Work

    May 20

    Fencing Policies: Examining U.S. & Mexican Immigration Laws

    Written by Tara Graham

    Fencing Policies is a website produced by U.C. Berkeley undergraduate student Maria Esparza during the 2013 spring semester. ACCORDING TO THE WEBSITE: Recently, immigration has been all over the news but not many of these conversations have touched on human rights. There are different angles to the immigration debate; this website will focus on economic migrants’ rights. Specifically, what immigration laws are in place in the United States and...

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  • Student Work

    May 20

    Literacy Lockup: Education in American Prisons

    Written by Tara Graham

    Literacy Lockup is a website produced by U.C. Berkeley undergraduate student Katherine Fleeman during the 2013 spring semester. ACCORDING TO THE WEBSITE: Prison is often out of sight, out of mind, and therefore not commonly discussed. Prisons are frequently built in rural and economically depressed areas and are therefore far from scrutiny. Security measures – such as prohibiting visitors from bringing in cell phones and cameras — make it difficult to...

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  • Student Work

    SPACExRACE: The Physical Frontiers Defining Race In America
    May 20

    SPACExRACE: The Physical Frontiers Defining Race In America

    Written by Tara Graham

    SPACExRACE is a website produced by U.C. Berkeley undergraduate student Nishant Budhraja during the 2013 spring semester. ACCORDING TO THE WEBSITE: The overall concept behind SPACExRACE is one that embraces and delves into complexity. As such, readers who are perhaps less familiar with concepts related to spatiality and race (and even those who are familiar) may find it helpful to get some background information on the topics at hand....

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  • Student Work

    Dec 23

    The Conflict Medium: Reporting/Constructing Conflict Around The World

    Written by Tara Graham

    The Conflict Medium is a website produced by U.C. Berkeley undergraduate student Rashad Sisemore in my online research and web production course during the 2012 fall semester. ACCORDING TO THE WEBSITE: Today, when you turn on the television or open up a newspaper, you will most likely come across a news story relating to violence or conflict. In this era of globalization, we are increasingly interested with populations and...

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  • Student Work

    Dec 23

    Poverty Pitch: Exploring The Intersection Of American Business & Poverty Action

    Written by Tara Graham

    Poverty Pitch is a website produced by U.C. Berkeley undergraduate student Dominique Martinez in my online research and web production course during the 2012 fall semester. ACCORDING TO THE WEBSITE: Should I support Fair Trade coffee or buy a drink that sends a kid to school? #FirstWorldProblems A few years ago, the whole world was called to “Make Poverty History.” Suddenly, social development and poverty alleviation were no longer...

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  • Student Work

    Dec 21

    Musical Bark: Endangerment Of The Pernambuco Tree

    Written by Tara Graham

    Musical Bark is a website produced by U.C. Berkeley undergraduate student Erica Smolin in my online research and web production course during the 2012 fall semester. ACCORDING TO THE WEBSITE: Pernambuco wood, which is native to the coast of Brazil in the Atlantic Forest, has been extracted from its natural habitat for nearly 400 years. When the Europeans colonized Brazil in the early 16th century, they found what became...

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  • Student Work

    Righteous Eats: Regulating International Food Delicacies
    Dec 20

    Righteous Eats: Regulating International Food Delicacies

    Written by Tara Graham

    Righteous Eats is a website produced by U.C. Berkeley undergraduate student Rachel Soeharto in my online research and web production course during the 2012 fall semester. ACCORDING TO THE WEBSITE: Food bans and regulations imply a certain criminal activity in acquiring an edible good. In some cases, this assumption is a fallacy, considering the multiple indices in which the food can be served in a “right” or ethical way....

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  • Student Work

    May 20

    Bursting The [Filter] Bubble: Tracking Algorithmic Filtration On The Internet

    Written by Tara Graham

    Bursting the Bubble is a website produced by U.C. Berkeley undergraduate student Nupur Behera during the 2012 spring semester. ACCORDING TO THE WEBSITE: The term filter bubble was coined by Internet activist Eli Pariser and describes the way websites use algorithms to select what users might want to see based on browser history and data. Some say these personalized filters create invisible divides between web users and enclose people in...

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  • Student Work

    Dec 23

    Fist Pump The World: Tracking The Global Spread of Electronic Dance Music

    Written by Tara Graham

    Fist Pump The World is a website produced by U.C. Berkeley undergraduate student Kyle Meshna in my international reporting course during the 2011 fall semester. ACCORDING TO THE WEBSITE: Electronic Dance Music (EDM) is overwhelmingly popular in western contemporary culture. The 2010 Electric Daisy Carnival, a “massive” music festival, attracted nearly 200,000 attendants over a two-day period, according to the LA Times. So where did this music genre come...

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  • Student Work

    Media, Politics & Society: The Arab World In The Global Context
    Aug 31

    Media, Politics & Society: The Arab World In The Global Context

    Written by Tara Graham

    Media, Politics & Society: The Arab World In The Global Context is a website I produced to house all of the student work produced in a Middle Eastern Studies course I taught during the 2011 summer semester. ACCORDING TO THE WEBSITE: This six-week Middle Eastern Studies course was principally concerned with the politics of the Middle East and the region’s changing position and portrayal in the world.  In an...

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Lose the shirt off my back? Nah.

When life got dicey, I opened my closet doors, bypassed the blouses, and earned a (modest) payday by selling used hangers in 25-pack bundles.

More recently, I put my hustle into play at 500 Startups, the world’s most active venture capital fund and startup accelerator, where I led content, branding, marketing, operations, and corporate partnerships for business development and global programs.

Before transitioning into tech, I worked in higher education, teaching online research and media production classes across a variety of disciplines at the University of California, Berkeley. During that time, I also worked as the Director and Executive Producer of Digital Media Projects at the Blum Center for Developing Economies, where I co-founded and led The #GlobalPOV Project, a mixed-media approach to thinking about poverty, inequality, and undertaking poverty action.

In addition, I was the Director of Media at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, where I had the opportunity to interview Bashar al-Assad in his presidential palace in Damascus, Syria, in late December of 2010. I asked Assad if he considered himself a dictator. He dodged the inquiry, but his actions in the immediate weeks, months, and years to follow answered the question . . . and then some. Sadly.

Before that, I was a practicing journalist and graduate fellow at the University of Southern California. During that time, I worked as a web reporter and photographer for KCET’s “SoCal Connected,”​ as an online editor for the London-based New Statesman magazine, and as the co-editor-in-chief of USC Annenberg’s award-winning digital news website. I got my start in journalism as a full-time associate editor (and employee #20!) at P✪PSUGAR, a Sequoia-backed content and commerce startup turned global media empire.

My freelance reporting has been featured in NBC, CBS, and ABC news broadcasts and in online publications, including The Huffington Post. I have also done manuscript editing for various authors with recognized commercial and university presses.

You can find me tap dancing in the dark corners of my imagination to a sold-out audience of — none. Like most everything else, it’s all for fun.

Let’s connect! Join me on Twitter or Instagram or LinkedIn.

Self-Assessment:

#Hashtagging While Talking
Upholding The Distinction Between To & Too
Tap Dancing Down Store Aisles
Exemplifying
Inverting Pyramids