Tara Murtha

Tara joined Women’s Law Project after many years as a full-time Philadelphia-based journalist focused on in-depth policy and media analysis, with a focus on reproductive rights, violence against women and gun violence. Her journalism has earned many awards, including three-time honors as Distinguished Writer of the year from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, and national first-place awards from the Association for Alternative Newsmedia.

Her work exploring how the media portrays violence led to a 2012 Ochberg Fellow at Columbia University’s Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma. A reported essay detailing the Kermit Gosnell case and its ripple effect on abortion regulations across the country has been anthologized by CherryBomb Books. At Women’s Law Project, Tara conducts policy analysis, develops communications strategies and digital advocacy campaigns, and manages social media with a focus on constituent education and civic engagement.

Tara also leads communications in the Pennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health, a collaboration of 55 local, state and national organizations calling for evidence-based policies to improve women’s health, safety and economic security in Pennsylvania.

In addition to social justice work, Tara writes about music, books and pop culture, and is the author of critically acclaimed book, Ode to Billie Joe, published in the 33 1/3 series by Bloomsbury Academic.

She studied anthropology, philosophy and woman’s studies at Stockton State College and earned a master’s degree in English & Publishing from Rosemont College.