“We tell ourselves stories in order to live.”

― Joan Didion, The White Album





Tanya imageTanya Pampalone has more than 20 years of journalism experience, working in digital and legacy publications in the United States, the Czech Republic and South Africa.

She is currently the managing editor of the Global Investigative Journalism Network, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit which supports investigative journalists. From her base in Johannesburg, Tanya oversees GIJN’s far-flung editorial team, covering sustainability and innovation in journalism as well as case studies and tools and techniques for investigative journalists in seven languages and eight regions around the world.

Tanya is co-editor of  I Want To Go Home Forever: Stories of Becoming and Belonging in South Africa’s Great Metropolis (Wits Press, 2018), with international migration expert Loren Landau, and was a contributor to Southern African Muckraking: 150 Years of Investigative Journalism Which Has Shaped the Region (Jacana, 2018) and the forthcoming Unbias the News (Hostwriter, 2019).

In her role at GIJN, she directed the newsrooms of the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Johannesburg in 2017 and in Hamburg in 2019, and the Uncovering Asia conference in Seoul in 2018. She was the editorial director of Duke University’s annual Menell Media Exchange from 2014 to 2017; has spoken about migration issues at the African Investigative Journalism Conference (Johannesburg, 2018) and the Franschhoek Literary Festival (Franschhoek, 2019); held a workshop on crafting compelling narratives at the Business of Truth conference (Johannesburg, 2018); weighed in on the intersection of fact-checking and investigative journalism at GlobalFact6 (Cape Town, 2019); and chaired a panel on innovation at the World Journalism Education Conference (Paris, 2019).

Tanya holds a BA in journalism from San Diego State University and an MA in writing from the University of San Francisco. Continue reading “About”

Published Work

In South Africa, Anger in a Hashtag

JOHANNESBURG – Early one morning last year a handful of students gathered to block the main entrance to the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg to protest the university’s proposed 10 percent tuition fee hike. Their intention: to physically illustrate the economic barriers faced by those attempting to get into the South Africa’s institutions of …

Fear and Loathing at South Africa’s Public Broadcaster

JOHANNESBURG — Sometimes the most acute afflictions present in the simplest forms – like the rusted machine that once spit out parking tickets for visitors to the hulking concrete and steel towers of the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s Johannesburg studios, or the escalators meant to glide employees from the ground floor to the lobby. On …