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.
Staunton’s emergency call center is running on the latest technology, Next Gen 911, i3. That means a system that’s faster and more efficient. Staunton is one of the first in a state-wide initiative just behind three localities in Northern Virginia.
Thursday night the Augusta County School Board adopted its budget for next year and it includes an average 5% raise for all school employees. Plus, administrators updated the board on a plan to bring students back for more in-person learning starting April 15.
During this winter of isolation, a family in the Shenandoah Valley has been spending some Saturdays doing something a little bit different. Jim Leichliter and his two sons, Brec and Sawyer, have helped to keep people warm with the SAW Coat Project.
A fire at the Habitat for Humanity Restore in Staunton, determined to be arson, has really shaken the people who work there. But Habitat’s Executive Director is finding the upside to a terrible situation, and it’s coming in many forms.
A farm committed to improving the health of children in the Shenandoah Valley is getting a barn. It comes after 10 years of connecting kids to where their food comes from both in schools and at the farm.
In Augusta County, there’s a new program in the works that aims to keep people out of jail by helping them reroute their lives. It’s called the LEAD program, which stands for Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion.
The Valley Mission in Staunton serves the area’s homeless and other community members 24-7 every day of the year, and this is their 50th year doing it. In five decades the Mission has seen a lot of changes and continues to overcome challenges to help people in need.
The Augusta County Planning Commission voted unanimously to rezone almost fourteen acres of the Staunton Mall property from general business to multi-family residential, but not before hearing from the public.
Just three weeks in, Staunton Schools’ Superintendent reported a successful start to the hybrid program Monday night during a school board meeting. Also, Staunton teachers have received their first round of the COVID-19 vaccine.