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By Tara Graham
Nov 03
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Photographing in Lebanon

Anjar, Lebanon

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I lead content, branding, marketing, operations and partnerships for business development and events at 500 Startups, the world’s most active venture capital fund and startup accelerator based in Silicon Valley.

Before joining 500, I taught online research and media production classes to undergraduate students in the International and Area Studies Academic Program at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB). 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. Additionally, I was the Director of Media at the UCB 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. At that time, I asked al-Assad if he considered himself a dictator—he dodged the inquiry, but his actions in the immediate weeks, months & years to follow answered the question…and then some. Sadly.

Before that, I was a 2010 Carnegie-Knight News21 Fellow and 2008-09 Annenberg 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. Before graduate school, I was a full-time associate editor at P✪PSUGAR, a popular culture media network.

My freelance work has been featured in NBC, CBS and ABC news broadcasts and in online publications, including The Huffington Post. I have also worked as a freelance editor 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.

I was a 2012-2013 UC Berkeley Lecturer Teaching Fellow. I was also the recipient of the 2011 First Place “Best of the Web” Individual Journalism Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and USC Annenberg’s 2010 Penny Lernoux Award for International Reporting.

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