After a long string of breakups, Tamara tried to warm her broken heart by the 31 candles glowing from her birthday cake. She decided it was time to adopt a risky set of rules for her 31st year: learn how to enjoy first dates and avoid jumping into another tumultuous relationship. She vowed to say 'no' to relationships and, instead, would enjoy her successful single life in New York City by taking on the ultimate dating adventure: 31 Dates in 31 Days. While juggling a full-time news job and dwindling hours of sleep, Tamara would focus on dating one man every day for a month. On day 31 - Valentine's Day - she would host her 31st date, which would be a spectacular second date with one of the suitors.
She developed her one-month master's class on men, threw out all her bad dating habits, prejudgments, and old criticisms. Instead, she would immerse herself in the dating world, dating one man every day while remaining open-minded to see what the men would teach her. She entering the project a cynic, believing there were "no good men in New York" and had no hopes of finding a long-lasting boyfriend.
From cynical New York City dater to hopeless romantic, Tamara's 31 dates helped change her attitude about men, dating, love, and life. She kept dating one of the men she met during her project. In one year's time, she went from blogger to bride.
Tamara has worked in television news for more than 12 years. Most recently, she was a writer for ABC's Good Morning America in New York City. She has also worked as a newscast producer for KATU-TV in Portland, Oregon, KSL-TV in Salt Lake City, Utah, and WSLS-TV in Roanoke, Virginia.
Tamara started working in the news business at 18, scurrying behind-the-scenes with journalists at the Republican National Convention in 1996. She muscled her way into an internship at a local TV station, waking at 3am for work and leaving at 9am for an overload of college courses. As a motivated Dean's List student, she graduated from Roanoke College with a double-major in just three years, placing her among the school's youngest graduates in its nearly 170-year history.
Tamara also has a master of arts degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, where she was a recipient of the full-tuition Lee Bollinger Fellowship. It was in grad school where she first started writing about dating in New York with her thesis project, Celibacy and the City, a radio documentary profiling single Mormons in Manhattan.
After years in the busy news business, Tamara now spends her days writing about love, dating, and the life-changing project that helped her find the kind of man she never believed existed. She spends lots of time watching movies, lots of money on theater and concert tickets, and lots of calories on eating cupcakes. She and her husband reside in Los Angeles.
Tamara's first book, The Dating Project: 31 Dates in 31 Days, is expected in bookstores in 2011.
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