Tanya Pampalone is still under construction.

tanyapampalone @ gmail.com

Late Bloomer

I’ve done a few things. Mostly I’ve been a journalist. I’ve run a newsroom and a newsdesk or two. I’ve spoken at global journalism conferences, and created a really cool narrative podcast. I’ve written a lot of articles and personal essays and columns — two on food, one on African media, one on global investigative journalism — but have edited far more than I’ve written. I was mentioned, exactly once, in a best-selling autobiography by a super famous writer. I co-edited two books on migration and contributed to two others on journalism. (Sadly, not one of those were best-selling.) I lived in post-communist Prague, post-apartheid South Africa, dot com San Francisco and the San Fernando Valley, where I spent my formative years, and is — fun fact — home of the original Valley Girl. And I co-owned an art gallery, a clothing store, a couple of restaurants and three bars. (But that’s another story.) Now I’m trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.

Stuff I can do pretty darn well

Project management

Newsroom management

Editorial systems and strategy

Full spectrum editorial production

Conceptual design and branding

Write and edit

Coach and mentor

Teach journalism and writing

Public speaking

Cross-platform agility

SEO and metric conversant

Day Jobs

Managing Editor, Global Investigative Journalism Network (2017 – Current)

Creator, One Night and Snake Park (2018 – 2021)

Nonfiction Editor, Pan Macmillan South Africa (2017 – 2019)

Contributing Writer, US News & World Report (2016 – 2017)

Executive Editor, Mail & Guardian (2008 – 2015)

Managing Editor, Maverick (2006 – 2008)

Assistant Producer, Carte Blanche (2005 – 2006)

MA Student, University of San Francisco (2003-2005)

Assistant Editor, San Francisco Examiner (2001 – 2003)

Side Gigs

Editorial director, Duke University’s MenellMedia Exchange, Johannesburg, 2014-16

Editorial Advisory Board Member, ReNEWS, 2020-Present

Contributor, Unbias the News: Why Diversity Matters for Journalism, Hostwriter, 2019

 Co-editor, I Want To Go Home Forever: Stories of Becoming and Belonging in South Africa’s Great Metropolis, Wits Press, 2018

Contributor, Southern African Muckraking: 300 Years of Investigative Journalism, Jacana, 2018 

Founding Partner, Media Hack, digital storytelling collective, Johannesburg, 2016

Lecturer, Journalism Department, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 2016 – 2017

Co-producer, artivism rape awareness campaign, SA’s Dirty Laundry, Johannesburg, 2016

Lecturer, Sol Plaatje Institute at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, 2011 – 2014

Media fellow, Dewitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy, Duke University, 2013

Winner, Creative Writing, “Confessions of a Walmart Shopper,” Standard Bank Sikuvile Awards, 2012

Master of Fine Arts: Writing, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, 2005