Tara McNamara is a TV and radio veteran who specializes in coverage of film. Tara is a regular contributor to multiple media outlets including Today, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, Inside Edition, CNN, Fandango, The Huffington Post and USA Today. As an authority in family film, Tara is a panelist on Today’s “Reel Moms” and The Insider’s “Parents Guide” segments. Tara has also served as a film reviewer and industry analyst for Reelz Channel.
Previously, Tara worked as Variety’s entertainment reporter on Sirius Satellite Radio, broadcasting the industry’s top stories during the workday. She teamed up with Variety to co-host the first ever Virtual Reality red carpet at the premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy, followed by the first ever Virtual Reality award show red carpet for the Young Hollywood Awards.
Tara’s career as a film journalist began in 2002, while she was working as a VJ and news anchor for Country Music Television, an MTV Network. Tara and her son Cole, then nine years old, would voraciously watch Turner Classic Movies together. TCM created a passion for films that inspired Cole and Tara to create KidsPickFlicks, a website where all kids could be movie critics. The mother and son ran the site for a decade, giving both unparalleled insight into the cinematic tastes of youth. In 2013, tween pop culture site Fanlala acquired KidsPickFlicks and rebranded it as Crixit. Tara served as the Editor-in-Chief of Crixit and parent movie news and reviews site ThatWasSomething for two years. Cole, now 22, works in entertainment with the intention of becoming the next Harvey Weinstein.
Tara is also mother to two other film buffs: Scarlett Riley, 16, and Tate Asher, 6. Is there a Gone with the Wind theme? You betcha.