Ladies & Gents.....
A conversation with :
( News Anchor / Journalist / Actress )
Whas Up , Tanya ?!?!?
I know U use to bring da DRAMA !!
Whats [ Really] goin on ?
Wow I dont even know where to start.
How does it feel to be on the other side of this?
TANYA : Definitely, Different. Its different.....
Cause you know, after the piece you did on me for Fox..... I was like, "Ive got to talk to her" .....cause Ive known you for the longest.
AND I also found out some very cool things about you. In college, U went to school with Mark Romeneck and he was like a big MTV music director.
TANYA : Really?
Yeah,..... Madonna videos, & winner of MTV video awards etc. etc.
So, you went to school with those folks....
man what was that place like?
TANYA : I loved it. I had my heart set on going to Syracuse. And I wanted to go to the S.I. Newhouse school of public communications. And, I found out that I had no financial aid what-so-ever. So my heart was broken. BUT . what I vaguely remember about my application was : Well, you know theyre asking about race and stuff.... and, I was like....well Im not going to write down what race I am. I dont want you to like put me in because Im Black, blah blah blah...."
Did you write down Other ?
TANYA : No, I didnt write anything on Syracuse.
And then . I was told that they didn't have any money.
TANYA : So... for some reason, my church said that Syracuse was Methodist. I didnt know that, because I grew up United Methodist. So they told me to try and get a United Methodist Scholarship. So I didnt really pursue it, and then I had applied to Ithaca. And I mustve written down Black on this application because someone called at 10:00 at night and said, We know you need the bucks; you got in under the regular admission, but we have a program that doesnt have a lot of people applying for it; it has a lot of money and she asked me over the phone, Do you want to apply for it? and, I said YES.
TANYA : That paid like... almost my entire tuition the first year.
TANYA : I think I only paid $400 that first year.
So you got some of that Guilty Money fund.
TANYA : Yes! The equal opportunity program. I loved it.
Guilty Money Fund
TANYA : Aaaaaay, it helped me get through school.
Das Wild .
I love the fact that you were quoted as saying : [ in terms of doing news again ]
As long as it doesnt have anything to do with murder, mayhem or mass destruction.
TANYA : Right .
I can actually feel you on that because the news is almost like the "Carol Burnett" show now, its like a variety comedy thing going on with "the ticker" and the whole thing. Its just crazy. I can feel you for wanting to get out of that mess.
TANYA : Yeah, I do not want to cover anybodys tragedy.... every day.
Can you imagine?
TANYA : Yeah, the last, I think, one of the murders I covered, was a mother who, she lost 2 children in 1 year and the 2nd time I interviewed her, her daughter came and started crying in the hospital, Childrens Hospital lobby, and thats when I turned to my photographer and I said, I cant do this anymore because I wanted to sit there & cry with her. So I just couldnt be detached and I dont want to be detached.
Lil' baby Tanya !
TANYA : I dont want to be one of those people that walks around and you know, they dont have any feelings, so I [only] want to do "Happy Things" now.
TANYA : People thought I was negative because I said that, um, what did I say? I said something like, Im sick of, Im just sick of the news business, and maybe it did sound negative but thats why I left, you know?
I cant imagine them saying that, if they actually know about the news business themselves, they should be able to see why.
TANYA : Right, right. I just wanted to do more positive things.
Clockwise: Bertha Coombs of MSNBC, Tanya, Traci Mitchell of Hearst's Washington Bureau & Rhondella Richardson of WCVB-TV Boston
Speaking of positive things, hows the book going?
Actually, you got to tell everybody about the NEW book.
TANYA : Ok, it is a childrens non-fiction book for bi-racial children. And its by bi-racial children. So, I have 21 kids so far that have written 1 paragraph pages of advice for me. And I told them to give advice about what they say to people when people walk up to them and say, What are you?you know, Are those your parents?, Are you adopted? just how that makes them feel and what they would say to other kids who are having a hard time.
Uh huh .
TANYA : So, its great. I mean my youngest is 6 years old
Thats cool .
TANYA : And, her mother kind of wrote down her answers I had a 7 year old that wrote her own paragraph and each kid pretty much says you know, you just have to be who you are you know, and if they dont accept you, they dont have love in their hearts. That is like a direct quote from a kid.
We are getting better then, huh?
TANYA : We are. Im still looking for kids.
I need a few more kids, maybe 4 or 5 more.
I need more boys, I only have 4 boys.
So youre trying to skate out of town on us, man.
Youre trying to go to D.C. on me ...... what is going on in D.C. ?
TANYA : My dads in Maryland, my moms in Virginia and I grew up in New York, so its only 4 hours from New York. So I miss the East coast, I miss the big city, the hustle and bustle of the big city and I miss, you know, that old, I love old neighborhoods, you know.
You kinda know what REAL is.... being in Columbus,
And, that can hurt a bit if you came from one place & ended up in another.
TANYA : Cause , I came here from Boston and I was only there 10 months.
Thats New York annex
TANYA : I know, I know.
You know what I mean?
TANYA : I like it, but I dont like cold weather, but Boston was fun. I lived in Austin, which was next to Brighton, and its right between Boston College and Boston University.
So just being in the news business in terms of uh, journalism and anchoring and things, you guys have to pick up and move a lot., its like a traveling salesman almost.
The better the gig, thats where youll live
TANYA : Right, so you have to climb the "Market" ladder,
and Columbus is, a good market. Its like the 34th largest market.
TANYA : YES , It IS . There are 212 markets. And New York is number 1, and some place called Glenn Dive, Montana or something is 212, Columbus is 34.
TANYA : So .I , actually had an offer in New Haven, CT, and had an offer in St. Louis and I turned down New Haven, I was going to go to St. Louis for the money, but then Channel 6 counter-offered and offered me an anchor position here so I stayed.
TANYA : So
I think everything happens for a reason ?!?!?
TANYA : You, know, maybe I was just meant to be here a little while longer, but Im ready to go now. (laughter). I think Ive learned everything I can here.
You know, a lot of people from Columbus have done well....
TANYA : Yeah, Dana Tyler is in New York ....still
Yeah, shes still there, I was like, I remember when she first gotten in ?????? been on the road I used to see her a lot. Im like wow, everybodys doin their thing. Remember Karen Massey? She's up in Sacremento somewhere now or Seattle.
TANYA : She left right before I got here, but I heard about her
Yeah, shes still doin her thing , too ....
So, let me ask you ....
The "SMARTLAECMUSIC" Burning Question :
Omni-Important ? or "Getting out of hand ?"
TANYA : It is. I always tell people I never wanted to be a network news reporter because at least with local news you can stay in the same city. The network news reporters, theyre traveling all around the world and putting their lives in danger and you know, there is a time when I would like to go visit the middle east, cause there are 4 places I want to go before I die; Egypt, Spain, Belize, and Hawaii and I dont think Im ready to go to Egypt right now, but these reporters are in the middle of a war, you know?
Like it's a normal day for them ?
TANYA : Right, and thats their choice..... but I just choose not to do that.
You could come up missing now.
TANYA : Right, and theyre doing it all for ratings,
you know, they want to make it sensational and Im just not into that
What about the photographers that, you know, cover wars?
Can you imagine trying to get THE SHOT !
and, [consequently] end up getting ..SHOT
Of someone getting their head blown off and youre trying to get the shot?
Can you imagine the head space youd have to be in while theyre being shot, youre trying to get the shot.
TANYA : No. I couldnt do it. I know I cant do it.
Thats, uh .. thats pretty interesting
TANYA : I wish they wouldnt be a little bit more serious , just the facts, you know. But, I can be silly, Ive had my silly moments on television you know, but its not with like talking about murder or anything.
I guess that stuff can wear you out, when you still have a heart ....
Yea, Im glad that it bothered me enough to get out, ya know.
But it pays the bills, so when ONN calls, I have to go, just for a few days at a time.
TANYA : OK.....
Im gonna throw some NAMES at ya ..
You can answer em' however you want.
TANYA : Youre not going to believe this, but I really dont watch the news that much anymore.
I only watch the news when Im about to go fill in for somebody.
So, a few nights beforehand or a week beforehand, Ill start getting caught up on the news and everything.
TANYA : Lynn, I didnt really know that much about. Um, I liked her when I saw her on. Shes very professional, very polished. And she seemed like one of the serious ones.
Yeah, she had amazing flow.... I used to call her the jazz reporter. You know, she was so smooth, I couldnt understand why she didnt take that spot after Don Harrison died .
TANYA : I dont know. Maybe she just.... sometimes you felt like youve done everything you can do, and its time for a change.
yea....But, SHE was my absolut Favorite !!!
TANYA : She was one of the reporters in Boston that helped to train me !! And, I think she's on the weekends or during the day.
TANYA : Her, and also "Byron Pitts" on CBS. He was one of the reporters in Boston.
So, I got trained by a lot of really good reporters.
That's Wild !
And, now they got "Robin Meade" who used to be at channel 4. [columbus]
TANYA : Thats right. I forgot about her.
And [CNN's ] "Carol Costello" was on channel 10 here with Bob Orr.
You lyin', with Bob Orr ?!?
TANYA : She went to Baltimore and then she went to D.C. and I talked to her right before she left D.C. now shes on headline news.
Bob Orr blew up
CBS, right ?
He reports in some of the Most dangerous areas.
TANYA : Right, a lot of people Columbus made it
yea, they're doin' their thing....
TANYA : Angela Pace. See, I love Angela ......cause Angela, every time I see her, shes like I wish I could do what you did. She told me she had so much respect for me and that meant a lot, coming from Angela.
Yeah, shes dope. I know shes tired. She wants her [night] life back.
TANYA : Yeah, shes somebody who has made it to the top and like she totally understands why I did what I did. And I just feel like a lot it just makes me feel respectful knowing that "Angela" respects me for what I did.
Angela's ALWAYS been cool...
She use to come & see me play all the time , when I was a kid.... back in the Day !
TANYA : Oh, youre not going to believe this: When I did my internship in Washington D.C. It was at the local NBC station, WRC-TV. Well, my friends husband is the G.M. there now well thats where I did my internship in 1988. It was, it was my the year between my junior and senior years. I did my internship for Lea Thompson. Who is on Dateline. Shes like the consumer reporter. Well, I had to do research and I was logging her tapes and I went downstairs into the newsroom to lock my tapes. So this reporter came and she sat down next to me and shes like, Who are you? She said, Hi, Im Katherine Couric, Im a reporter here.
TANYA : Katherine Couric was her name back then. And she told me I was so lucky because, I got to do real work for a reporter. She said all of the other interns in the newsroom were getting coffee and making xerox copies.
TANYA : That was cool. That was my brush with Katie.
Brush with Katie.
TANYA : And she actually, there was an intern that I worked with who had a crush on her. So she came up to the consumer unit and she kind of messed around with him a little bit, when he was typing & she'd come up behind him & was touching his ear and stuff just to make him laugh. He almost died.
TANYA : She has a fun personality. But everybody always called her Katie.
TANYA : Matt ? I know nothing about Matt.
I know there are like there women that love him.
But you know what? I wouldn't have seen him anyway ..... when he was on.....
Im not a morning person.
TANYA : And I did the morning news for 3 years. And that was the only time where I saw the morning shows because I dont see them anymore.
TANYA : But I saw an old interview with Matt where he like shaved his head or something and got a crew cut. That was a big mistake.
Hes still wearing that look....
TANYA : Ohhhh, really?
Hes still wearing it. I think ?
TANYA : Wow. To each his own.
TANYA : I grew up watching Al Roker on Channel 4 in New York. And I actually have a poster that I stole off the subway in New York City in Metro North of Al Roker in my basement.
You stole a poster of Al Roker ?!?!??
TANYA : Yes
Times Is a changin
TANYA : Yes. Actually I vaguely, I vaguely remember the men coming into the Metro North railway/road in uh Grand Central. And they were about to switch the posters and I kind of like said, well if youre gonna put new ones in can I have the old one? and they said, go ahead.
"Can I have this big picture of Al ?"
TANYA : Im walking through Grand Central Station with this big, huge thing of Al Roker under my ..
You know I'm clownin' U when we get done with this Inner-View ?
TANYA : Hes in a yellow raincoat and yellows my favorite color and it said: one man dresses 8 million New Yorkers every day.
TANYA : I thought about writing to "Ann Curry" for my book, because shes bi-racial.
I know like Japanese & Italian or somethin ...*Shes a Scorpio too*
She has THE most Beautiful Smile !
TANYA : I thought about writing her..... I thought about writing to "Solidad OBrien"
TANYA : But I finally got the Olympic Gold Medalist to write for me Dan OBrien.
So he wrote my forward for me.
Beautiful. Oh man, well we got through that.
Signa York is
crazy. Signa is like, strong, and funny and .....
Ill say shes strong ...
TANYA : Right ?!?! Wild & just hilarious. We are both Pisces. Our birthdays are 2 days apart. So for years we used to have this double birthday bash. And we havent had it in years but were bringing it back.
Yeah, shes a good friend.
YŠll might have to bring that party somewhere else.....
Now its time to play the Either or Game
TANYA : Uh ohhhh
I ain't gon' hurt cha....
Reporting or Anchoring ?
TANYA : Anchoring. Only because it pulled me away from the blood and the guts and the, you know reporting, I think everyone should be a reporter before theyre an anchor to get that experience. But, the part that bothered me about the crime is I was the one that had to knock on the victims doors and and talk to the families and you know, have doors slammed in my face and I think when you anchor youre, you know, detached a little bit from it. You can be a little bit more reserved. Plus you can stay inside where its nice and warm.
Well, of course
Journalism or Modeling ?
TANYA : Ohhh ..thats a tough one. Some people might think journalism.
Well, being a journalist......
TANYA : Yeah, like thats a very respectful, respected profession. Some people kind of have that stereotype that like modeling is a bunch of airheads. But I kind of feel like, you know, Ive been there, done that with journalism and I just started modeling a little bit
So youre feeling it?
TANYA : A little bit. But see, no one understands that I do about 8 or 9 different things
and I like it that way, so I want to do both.
Youre just a Renaissance girl
TANYA : Ive been doing anchoring, reporting, media relations, consulting, producing, writing, acting, voiceovers, modeling, I work at "Cord Camera" part time.
And, I babysit. [sometimes] Thats 10 different things.
You got 10 jobs man ......
TANYA : And I love it. And everybody says what do you want to do?
And I said well ..
TANYA : Right. I just want to do more of it.
I just want to do more of it.
U tearin me up.
Jackson 5 or Sylvers ?
TANYA : Jackson 5
CNN or FOX ?
TANYA : Oooooh .
Come on now.......
TANYA : Im going to have to say FOX !
Even if it is Trash-Talk journalism
TANYA : I know, I know ..
Thats what people want to see, so I guess its working ?!?!
TANYA : I have to say -- theres a bit of me thats, they call it, when theyre looking for somebody whos a reporter at FOX, they want somebody whos "foxified". I kind of understand that because its hip, theyre looking for ..I dont know.
TANYA : I like the hard news part of CNN and theyre serious, but I kind of like that hipness that FOX has.
That Shepard Smith energy. A friend of mine is at FOX actually, I havent seen her in a while.
She plays classical piano. [anchor] Lauren Green.
TANYA : Really ?
I havent talked to her in a grip. We used to go over Princes to Paisley Park. Shes from Minnesota.
Prince didn't know we use to go over & play his Piano in studio A
She would just whip out all of these great pieces of Music ...And, just play & play
Photo: FOX news
TANYA : Oh, ok ..
And we'd just hang out. Shes real cool. I havent talked to her in a while. Shes still over there. I guess shes "foxified", if you will.
TANYA : Right.....
TANYA : Well , I dont think I 'd have a problem with FOX news, as long as it isnt sensational.
Like, I dont want anything to be ..as long as youre telling the truth, I think its ok.
But, dont blur the truth.
Or to Give it "extra cheese" !?!?
TANYA : Right !
On Location or in the Studio ?
TANYA : Hmmmm
Depending on where youre going , I guess, huh?
TANYA : Yeah
[ if its ] Beirut: you might want to take it in the studio, huh?
TANYA : Right. It depends. If theres no danger involved, Ill go on location.
Gold or Silver ?
TANYA : If Im wearing black, its silver. If Im wearing something colorful, its gold.
Sounds like you could actually give a damn. It just Accessories ?!?!
TANYA : Right
70's or 90's ?
TANYA : Oh, 70s!
I am Im like Ms. Comfest, tie-dye ..I am a child of the 60s. I have to say 60s maybe
Damn, alright ......no, thats a beautiful answer
TANYA : I still wear tie-dye
70s or 90s, and you say: 60s!!
Hard News or "Fluff" Reporting ?
TANYA : Hard news. But I mean the hard news only because I like the facts. I like the seriousness of it. When I think of fluff reporting, I think of stupid things that shouldnt even be on television
photo : sigi tischler
TANYA : But, Im not talking about the fun reporting. I had fun going to Cedar Point and doing a report for kids.
But some people would consider that fluff.
TANYA : Right. So to me .
But you had fun ?
TANYA : YES !!
I mean like I like soft news and feature news. I like feature news. I guess now that Ive left the hard news business, I guess what I do now is considered fluff, but as long as its serving a purpose .....its ok.
Snow or Rain ?
TANYA : Snow.
I love it.... I still go sledding with kids.
How did you feel about Sept. 11th .. from a *Journalists* viewpoint ?
TANYA : Ummm .that effected me for a long time. It still effects me. I think, at first, I couldnt believe it .you know, just like the normal persons reaction. Umm., but I think it is so sad that we just cant live in peace in this world. I think I was born before my time. I just totally dont understand why we cant live in peace. In the middle east, in northern Ireland, in Africa, I just, I dont understand.
I dont either.
TANYA : I just wish there were a way that we could just bury the hatchet and agree to disagree and just live in peace so we could save our children and our childrens children. I just dont understand.
And we should just probably leave it at that.....
Thank you, Tanya !!
TANYA : " Thank you , Foley. "
That was Fun !!
TANYA : Yes, it was. Oh my God. I prob.... I hope I didnt sound weird.
No, you wont sound weird at all.
This is just funny that youre on the other side of it. And you have a non-journalist interviewing a journalist.
TANYA : Oh.
I know ?!?!?
How trippy is that shit?
TANYA : Ha ha ....I dont know whether to call myself a former journalist or a part-time journalist.
TANYA : Maybe Im part-time ..freelance, Im freelance!
You're just free..... to be.
TANYA : YES !!
Alright, Baby-girl We're Done .....
TANYA : Thank You
U know WE go waaaaay back !
TANYA : Yep
TANYA : Yep !
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