Passionate, hard working, team player. Hello, my name is Tara Grimes and I am currently a one-man-band reporter for KRTV in Great Falls, Montana. Journalism is my love, my life, and what I breathe.
Before coming to this beautiful state, I was a freelance multimedia journalist/contributor for Huntley Patch, as well as surrounding areas. Previous to joining Patch, I worked as a reporter, anchor, and web editor at KOMU-TV in Columbia, Mo. for three years.
I started my journalism career back in high school as the feature editor for Huntley High School's award winning newspaper "The Voice." After that I became a staff writer for University of Missouri's campus newspaper "The Maneater."
In 2009, I worked as a web intern for WMAQ-TV in Chicago, Ill. (NBCChicago.com) and as a news intern at WREX-TV in Rockford, Ill. I was also a reporter for the NPR affiliate KBIA in Columbia, Mo. I moved on to work as a news intern at WNDU-TV in South Bend, Ind. in 2010.
In 2011, I served as a multimedia journalist/writer for Newsy.com, an online video news site that analyzes the way other media outlets cover the news. While working there Newsy's iPhone and iPad app beat out CNN and Flipboard to win the 2011 Appy Award for news.
I graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism and a minor in psychology from the University of Missouri in May 2011. While there I worked as a broadcast lab teacher's assistant and as a Missouri School of Journalism Ambassador.
I am a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists [AHCJ] and Radio and Television Digital News Association [RTDNA].
Whether it’s covering a local debate, the latest fundraiser in town, or an in-depth investigation, I’m an aggressive reporter with a yearn to learn about everything going on in my community. I fight hard to get the tough questions answered so I can serve as the public watchdog for my community.
If you're looking to learn more about my photography please visit Tara Grimes Photography.
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