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


Why I fell in love with maps

Wanderlust or farsickness? She has it. Her tactile love of the accordion-style folding maps has been supplemented with online clicks to Google Street View and elsewhere. But are the new gadgets making her wanderlust better or worse?


Dreaming of Iceland — and its big supermarket

When we vacation somewhere we often just see an idealized version of the place. It's easy to visit the top sights and snap pictures of scenic landscapes. But sometimes you stumble into what's behind the tour guide facade like Tamar Charney did in Iceland.