For Emmy Award winning journalist, Tamara Banks, the statement, “One Person Can Make a Difference,” is more than just words. Her life experiences, connectibility and sense of humor have made her a sought after keynote speaker and emcee.
Tamara is a freelance journalist, documentary filmmaker, and media trainer focusing on social justice and dedicated to creating transformational social change through excellence in journalism.
Her areas of expertise include: social justice and political issues, nationally and internationally, particularly in South Sudan and Darfur, and other parts of the globe where there is little or no news coverage about crimes against humanity and genocide. Her documentary short film, “The Long Journey Home,” was accepted into the 2009 Hollywood Film Festival, “HollyShorts.”
Tamara's work has been featured on numerous news networks including PBS, CNN, ABC News, HDNet's World Report, BBC, Al Jazeera America, WB 2 News, FOX News, as well on as a number of radio stations and newspapers over the past 20+ years.
As a correspondent she has extensive experience in covering a variety of historical issues and stories like the Columbine massacre and the Aurora Movie Theater shootings to the massive floods in Colorado the summer of 2013. She’s also experienced in covering major hot button topics like the gun rights debate and marriage equality.
Tamara has also traveled to Uganda to interview child soldiers as well as to Rwanda where she reported on that country’s post genocide challenges and successes. She returned in April 2018 to report on strides being made in workforce development in those countries.
She covered the devastating earthquake in Haiti as well as embedded with U.S. Army and Iraqi Security forces to report on yet another untold story: U.S. and Coalition Forces training, mentoring and empowering Iraqis before the U.S. pulled out of the war torn country.
Tamara is an accomplished equestrian, riding since she was 4 years old. She plays polo, the sport of kings (and queens.) Her nickname is “Taz” – not as in Tasmanian devil, rather Tasmanian angel!
She looks forward to sharing her insights and talents with you and your organization.