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Member Name Tara Baker
Date of Birth 12/01/1979
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Location Atlanta
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    • I'm just a girl in the world.



        • A Thousand Splendid Suns

          Kite Runner

          Water for Elephants

          The Four Loves

          The Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese de Lisieux

          Everything's Eventual

          Gerald's Game

          Life, the Universe, and Everything

          The Road



        • Rear Window

          Fight Club

          Trainspotting

          West Side Story

          Four Rooms

          Little Miss Sunshine

          Night of the Living Dead

          Peeping Tom

          Pulp Fiction

          The Sunshine Boys



        • The Doors

          Jimi Hendrix

          Radiohead

          311

          Jane's Addiction

          The Pixies

          Led Zeppelin

          Sublime

          Juliana Hatfield

          The Roots

          Leonard Bernstein

          Erik Satie

          Classical



        • Golden Girls

          Twilight Zone

          Criminal Minds

          World's Dumbest

          1,000 Ways to Die

          Malcolm in the Middle

          A&E Television



        • I like pretty pictures.



        • I'm not well acquainted with poetry, although I would like to be.



        • Atlanta Journal-Constitution

          New York Times

          Wall Street Journal

          Creative Loafing



        • Eh...



        • God, for reasons not needing explanation;

          My mother, for raising me all by herself;

          My best friend, for being the sister I never had, and finallly...

          Spiderman.




        • "The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you will see." - Winston Churchill

          "The question that sometimes drives me hazy: Am I, or the others crazy?" - Albert Einstein

          "Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves." - Confucius

          "Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all." - Emily DickinsonSee More



        • Reading

          Writing

          Cooking

          Piano

          Riding Horses

          Running

          Concerts

          Singing

          Gardening

          Making those Chinese, paper fortune tellers


        • Freelance Highlights:

          Derrick Watkins: Motivational Speaker based in Union, New Jersey
          Ghost Writer
          Atlanta, Georgia
          January 2008 – Present
          • Authored a 200-page self-help book for domestic-violence victims
          • Authored a 150-page informative guide about drinking and driving
          • Authored a 150-page book about recovering from abusive relationships

          Ventures Interactive: Startup E-Marketing Company based in Denver, Colorado
          Ghost Writer
          Atlanta, Georgia
          July 2008 – Present
          • Solely responsible for developing forum-seeding campaigns for clients’ Web sites
          • Composed blogs and SEO content to drive traffic to clients’ Web sites

          Trinity Teen Solutions: Teen Rehabilitation Program based in Powell, Wyoming
          Ghost Writer
          Atlanta, Georgia
          June 2009 – Present
          • Authored blog postings and SEO content for the program’s Web site
          • Researched and wrote content on a variety of topics including drug use, sexual abuse, and behavioral disorders
          • Worked with staff on content ideas and publicity campaigns

          Worldwide Alliance of Writers – Alpharetta, Georgia
          • Authored 100-page user guide for Wwaow self-publishing service
          • Composed ad copy for Wwaow self-publishing brochure
          • Launched national media campaign for Wwaow service and clients

          Professional Experience:

          Times-Georgian
          Government Reporter
          Carrollton, Georgia
          May 2006 – June 2007
          • Attended and covered weekly meetings of government officials
          • Handled inquiries from the public of both a positive and negative nature
          • Honed grammatical, research, interviewing, and writing skills
          • Managed public relations while satisfying daily story load
          • Uncovered a local news story picked up by the Associated Press

          Times-Journal, Inc.
          Reporter, Editor
          Marietta, Georgia
          January 2004 – May 2006
          • Managed staff and office administration while writing content for the newspaper
          • Handled inquiries from the public of both a positive and negative nature
          • Designed the newspaper’s layout on a weekly basis
          • Probed relationships within the community to generate newspaper content
          • Edited content for grammar, style, clarity, and accuracy.

          Career Highlights:

          Skirt Magazine, Online Edition
          ‘Muse of the Week’
          May 2010
          • Daily blog contributor, recognized for creative content on women’s interests and issues
          • Recognized for the most number of responses to content from readers
          • Generated appealing, relevant content daily for the second week of May 2010
          • Continues to contribute blog content on a weekly basis

          Skirt Magazine, Online Edition
          ‘Muse of the Month’
          July 2007
          • Daily blog contributor, recognized for creative content on women’s interests and issues
          • Generated appealing, relevant content daily for the month of July 2007
          • Collaborated with a community of writers on various topics and ideas
          • Continues to contribute blog content on a weekly basis

          Georgia Associated Press
          ‘Freedom of Information Award’
          March 2006
          • Awarded statewide for an investigative piece on water contamination in a local municipality
          • Researched various state departments and documents to uncover loopholes missed by the state
          • Interviewed city officials and private citizens to gain a well-rounded focus on the story
          • Printed article put pressure on the municipality to ensure their water was up to code

          Georgia Associated Press
          ‘Non-Deadline Reporting Award’
          March 2006
          • Awarded statewide for an investigative piece on the updated Georgia map, sold by the state Department of Transportation
          • Questioned why several small municipalities in Carroll County were erased from the map
          • Interviewed state officials and private citizens to gain a well-rounded focus on the story
          • Printed piece garnered attention from the Georgia Associated Press, and consequently, various other newspapers across the state

          Times-Journal, Inc.
          ‘Best Feature Story’
          January 2006
          • Awarded for a feature article written about a new, doggy-focused café and spa
          • Creativity in interviewing and editorial style garnered great response from the public

          Times-Journal, Inc.
          ‘Best News Story’
          March 2004
          • Awarded for a series focused on growth in Bartow County, Georgia
          • Wrote several news pieces on expansion in the county’s schools, residencies, and infrastructure
          • Interviewed city officials and private citizens to gain a well-rounded focus on the series
          • Researched multiple documents and county departments to access numbers and information, giving depth to the articles


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