Tamar Charney

Program Director, Michigan Radio

I’m one of those people who is perfectly content to sit alone in a restaurant, observing the people around me. It’s no wonder I became a journalist because I enjoying wondering what other people's lives are about.

I started at Michigan Radio as a newscaster and soon became the station’s arts reporter. After years of reporting, I moved into producing talk shows, documentaries and news programs. Now, as Program Director, I manage Michigan Radio’s on-air, online, and news strategy and operations.

Before joining Michigan Radio, I did a variety of jobs at other stations, produced music documentaries for NPR, and did voice-overs for funeral homes, truck engine repair training modules and I was even the voice of a cartoon hepatitis virus — yes, you read that right.

I grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, before the city was full of hipsters, moved to Michigan for school and I stay here because I fell in love with snow, the Great Lakes, and the stories there are to tell about this area.

Recent Stories

Development & Education

Detroit still has its scars — but there are signs showing a city on the mend

Let's be honest, there's something to those scenes of decay in Detroit that captures the imagination of photographers and viewers alike. They speak to a cautionary tale about a beautiful industrial powerhouse laid to ruin by the slow disaster that was globalism, racism, corruption and neglect. But despite these lingering images, things are changing and more is improving than just the murder rate.