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Tara E. Mergener

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Freelance Correspondent

Phone: (202) ***-****  
Email: t***@***.com
Local Address:  Washington , United States
CBS News
51 West 52Nd Street 35Th Floor
New York , New York 10019
United States

Company Description: CBS distributes news and public affairs broadcasts, entertainment, sports programming and feature films to 206 independently owned and 7 CBS owned TV...   more

Employment History


  • master's degree , broadcast journalism
    Boston University College of Communication
  • bachelor's degree , communication
    Marist College
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Tara Mergener, a veteran ..., 4 Aug 2015 [cached]
Tara Mergener, a veteran broadcast journalist whose resume includes more than a decade of experience as a network correspondent, will join Gordon Collier, Rusty Garrett and Ed Sorensen as co-anchor of KWTX
Tara Mergener
(August 4, 2015) Tara Mergener, a veteran broadcast journalist whose resume includes more than a decade of experience as a network correspondent, will join Gordon Collier, Rusty Garrett and Ed Sorensen as co-anchor of KWTX's top-rated News 10 at Ten beginning in mid-September, KWTX Vice President and General Manager Mike Wright announced Tuesday.
Mergener will also serve as executive producer of evening newscasts.
For the past decade, Mergener has been based in Washington, D.C., working as a freelance correspondent for CBS News, CBS Entertainment, CNN and Hearst-Argyle Television.
"KWTX is continually looking to elevate our newscasts, especially when it comes to covering the breaking news that has an impact on our viewers' daily lives. We believe Tara is the perfect fit to continue to push us in the right direction," said KWTX-TV News Director Mikel Lauber.
During her tenure as a correspondent for more than 200 local CBS affiliates, Mergener has covered the White House, Congress and the U.S. State Department, reporting on presidential campaigns, midterm elections, the crisis in Syria, and the Affordable Care Act.
As a live correspondent for CNN Headline News, CNN International and more than 900 CNN affiliates, she provided extensive political and breaking news coverage, reporting on tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and the April 16, 2007 rampage at Virginia Tech in which a student shot 32 people to death and wounded 17 others in two separate attacks.
She also covered the Sept. 16, 2013 shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, where a former naval reservist killed 12 people and wounded three others.
"The Navy Yard Massacre really stands out," she said, "not only because it was an act of terrorism right here in D.C. but also because a friend was inside the building under siege and was texting me as the event was unfolding,� she said.
Mergener says she's eager to take on the new challenge.
Mergener succeeds longtime evening anchor Julie Hays, who stepped down from the 10 p.m. newscast in June to have more time with her young family.
Mergener and Hays will co-anchor News 10 at 5, while Hays serves as executive producer of dayside newscasts and co-anchor of News 10 at 6 with Gordon Collier.
"The chemistry among our on-air anchor team and reporters has never been better, so, finding the professional who shares our values and fits the culture of our newsroom was a critical factor in determining Tara was the right person to fill the incredible void left when Julie stepped down from the 10," Wright said.
Mergener is no stranger to Central Texas as her husband, Paul, is a Killeen, Texas native.
"At this point in my career, it's not about the right market size. It's about the right opportunity," she said.
"We've been talking about a new adventure for a long time and think Texas is perfect. We love the open spaces and friendly people. Being an evening anchor and executive producer for KWTX is a great move professionally and the quality of life here is amazing," she said.
Mergener, who earned a bachelor's degree in communication from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and a master's degree in broadcast journalism from the Boston University College of Communication, started her career as a reporter and fill-in anchor at WMUR-TV in Manchester, N.H.
CBS News Correspondent ..., 22 June 2010 [cached]
CBS News Correspondent Tara Mergener has the latest from Washington.
(STANDUP: Tara Mergener for CBS News/Washington) :52-1:03 THE GOVERNMENT SLAPPED BP WITH A 51 MILLION DOLLAR TAB MONDAY TO COVER THE COSTS OF THE RESPONSE EFFORT. THE COMPANY HAS ALREADY PAID TWO OTHER BILLS TOTALING ALMOST 71 MILLION DOLLARS. (nats:) So far, BP has spent 2 BILLION dollars responding to the growing oil spill. - Hurricane season begins, Utah students chart their world - Jun 1, 2006, 1 June 2006 [cached]
But the Federal Emergency Management Agency says it's gonna be better prepared if something like that blows in. Here's Tara Mergener to tell us how.
TARA MERGENER, CNN REPORTER: And federal officials are heeding the advice from the National Hurricane Center and other experts.
MERGENER: The Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff says the government is doing everything it can to prepare for the worst.
By Tara Mergener- CBS ..., 22 Mar 2010 [cached]
By Tara Mergener- CBS News
*CBS's Tara Mergener: "Well, ..., 9 June 2010 [cached]
*CBS's Tara Mergener: "Well, The Battle Lines Were Certainly Drawn Yesterday In Key Races, Some Of The Big Winners, GOP Women."* (CBS's "CBS Morning News," 6/9/10)
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