Tara Todd joined the NBC29 news team as a general assignment reporter in 2012. She has been a photojournalist at NBC29 since 2005 and has enjoyed the opportunity to be a part of national stories that have changed the world and local stories that have changed lives in her own backyard.
Tara has covered Fashion Week in New York City, the five-year anniversary of September 11, and a local double-homicide that was solved after remaining a cold case for more than 20 years. She helped to interview Barack Obama during his first presidential campaign and Paul Rusesabagina, the hotel manager featured in the film 'Hotel Rwanda.'
Tara loves finding the heart of a story, and at the heart of most stories, she finds people who are making a difference in their own communities, whether it be in Africa or Augusta County, Virginia.
Tara graduated from the radio and television program at Virginia Western and began her career at WSLS Channel 10 in Roanoke, Va., where she won an Edward R. Murrow award for her work on Moms In Prison.
Tara grew up in Webster City, Iowa. Her interest in music and travel led her to the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, where she studied musical theater, dance, and acting. Tara thought her curiosity about people and their lives might lead her into making documentaries but found the quick-paced, deadline-based life of television news to be more of a fit.
Tara lives in Staunton, Virginia. She loves spending time with her husband, son, and daughter.
Thursday night, the power of community was on full display in Augusta County. Just over two weeks after six-year-old Rylan Pool was involved in a terrible lawnmower accident that claimed the bottom half of one of his legs, the people of Stuarts Draft welcomed him home.
Wednesday, a special ceremony unveiled a sign marking the future home of the Virginia Museum of Natural History Waynesboro campus. The museum will be right downtown at the corner of Arch Avenue and Main Street.
Staunton has been chasing the Gold Award for Performance Excellence for their water treatment plant for years. Now, they have one, and it’s in no small part because of the dedicated crew that manages things.
In the Shenandoah Valley, a group of lawyers who defend the accused are responding to a man’s death at the hands of law enforcement. They want police to implement the Marcus Alert System sooner rather than later.
A brewery in the Shenandoah Valley recently received accolades from Governor Ralph Northam and Senator Mark Warner for its sustainable practices, specifically keeping tons of food from going to the landfill.
In a split decision Wednesday night, the Augusta County Board of Supervisors voted to raise personal property taxes. It will help fund firefighters and employee raises as part of Wednesday night’s budget approval.
It’s been almost a year since a woman in the Shenandoah Valley shifted from her trained profession of phlebotomy to COVID-19 testing. In that time, she and her team have tested thousands of people across Virginia and up and down the East Coast.
The American Shakespeare Center in downtown Staunton is determined to keep the lights on. Its streamed 'Live at the Blackfriar’s' concert is this Sunday and it's the final push to raise the money needed to stay afloat.
A group in Staunton is protesting City Council’s recent decision to end virtual meetings. It means everyone has to come to City Hall to participate in meetings, ending the public’s ability to phone in.