Tamar Charney

Tamar Charney

Interim Managing Editor, NPR One

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

I’ve been a public radio jack of all trades — DJ, newscaster, arts reporter, talk show producer, and for almost a decade I ran Michigan Radio’s on-air, online, and news strategy and operations. Currently, I'm the managing editor for NPR One, which is a new way to listen to public radio news and podcasts from stations, networks like PRI, and producers you've never heard of before, but will love!

Fun fact: I’ve done voiceovers for funeral homes, truck engine repair training modules and even 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


The game of life starts with childhood toys

On occasion, Tamar Charney has the impulse to play with Lincoln Logs. So, she recently bought herself a set, and she got to thinking about how different toys have colored her memories, especially her travels, as a child.


The joy of listening to music you don't understand

Truth be told I listen to a lot of music I can’t understand a word of. I don’t understand Hindi, Portuguese, Arabic, Spanish, nor Russian. Even songs in languages I’ve studied can be hard to follow. Yet knowing the meaning of the words to a song can sometimes be overrated.


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.