Tanya Ott

Vice President of Radio and News Content

As Vice President of Radio, Tanya Ott oversees the radio and news departments at GPB.  Prior to joining the company, Tanya spent 24 years as a journalist and news manager at public radio stations in Florida, Colorado, and Alabama. She reported extensively for NPR, Marketplace, Voice of America, AARP Radio and the Osgood File.  She also contributed to international networks including British Broadcasting Company (BBC), Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), and Deutsche Welle.

Tanya is the recipient of more than 100 regional and national awards including the Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI) Leo C. Lee Lifetime Achievement in Public Radio News Award (2015), Radio Television Digital News Director's Murrow Award for Investigative reporting for a story on Southern black farmers suing the USDA and PRNDI's Best Interview for a  highly contentious interview with a former Birmingham, AL, mayor who is now in federal prison. She served as a Rosalyn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellow and an Association of Health Care Journalists Regional Fellow.

Tanya has trained journalists and radio programmers at more than 120 public media stations around the country.  She served on the broadcast journalism faculty at the University of Florida and as an adjunct instructor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and guest lecturer at Columbia University, Georgia State University, the University of North Alabama, Samford University and West Texas A&M University.

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