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 City Council welcomed a new city attorney who hails from Charlottesville, but first, councilors addressed the future of their meetings, as they continue to struggle with communication, despite some expressing a desire to work together.
Performing arts have been hit hard during the pandemic, but that’s not holding the Arcadia Project back. They’re pushing forward to restore the historic theatre in downtown Staunton and to create a space for people to gather.
The new owners of the Staunton Mall gave businesses five weeks to vacate. That deadline was New Year’s Eve. Many businesses are now gone, but some are still moving out, while others are going about business as usual.
Experiencing live performances of “A Christmas Carol” is a time-honored tradition during the holiday season for many people. Two venues in the Shenandoah Valley have found two very different ways to keep that tradition alive amidst the pandemic.