About Tamara

Tamara is an author, motivational speaker, journalist, and coach. With a background in journalism, Tamara's skills that have been used to get to the heart of a story now unlock the stories of the heart. Her book, 31 DATES IN 31 DAYS, was an instant hit, winning the 2012 Best Dating Book from the About.com Readers’ Choice Awards. She contributes stories and advice to media outlets around the world and coaches singles on how to find success in dating and relationships.

Her journey from network television news to author and coach came after a long string of painful breakups. Upon her 31st birthday, she vowed to say 'no' to relationships and, instead, took advantage of her single life in New York City with an the ultimate dating adventure: 31 DATES IN 31 DAYS. Tamara's journey of self-discovery changed her life while unexpectedly leading to love and marriage.

Before focusing full-time on relationships, Tamara worked as a writer for ABC's "Good Morning America" in New York City, where her team won an Emmy Award for Best Writing. She has won awards from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Virginia Association of Broadcasters while working as a newscast producer for KATU-TV in Portland, Oregon, KSL-TV in Salt Lake City, Utah, and WSLS-TV in Roanoke, Virginia. After spending 13 years behind the camera, Tamara quickly adjusted to her new role on air as a dating and relationship expert. She's shared her story and lessons with dozens of media outlets around the world, including The New York Times, The New York Post, Oprah Radio, Good Morning America, and Fox and Friends.

Tamara now spends her days coaching singles and couples on love, dating, and surviving the first few years of marriage. She is frequently invited to speak to groups about the life-changing project that helped her find the kind of man she'd never believed existed. She continues to write about dating on her blog, 31datesin31days.com and contributes articles on love and dating to several other media outlets. She is also working on her second book about the first year of marriage.

She's a proud alumna of Roanoke College, where she managed to stay on the Dean's List while cramming her schedule to graduate with a double-major in just three years. She received a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism where she received the Lee Bollinger Fellowship. That's where she first wrote about dating. Her master's project is a radio documentary profiling Mormons in Manhattan called "Celibacy and the City."

Tamara is a member of the Writers Guild of America. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband (one of the 31 Dates!).

Tamara's book, 31 Dates in 31 Days, is available in bookstores and online from your favorite stores, including Amazon and Barnes and Noble.