About

In September 2016, the Long Island Advance hired me as a staff reporter. Prior, I contributed to The Shelter Island Reporter and Northforker as an intern-turned-freelancer.

I also worked overnights as a paginator at Newsday for a year, which eliminated anyΒ  romanticized notions I had about print media when I started there in August of 2015.

At the Advance, I cover everything from local government to arts and music and occasionally, sports. I grew up on the East End of Long Island, so environmental issues and the wine industry are also close to my heart.

A 2015 graduate of Arcadia University, I didn’t know I wanted to be a reporter until an editor on Shelter Island, Ambrose Clancy, gave me an internship in 2013. I hadn’t been to Shelter Island since I was 10; days of summer camp long gone. He fed me story ideas and I ran with them, learning how to cover government on a small-scale, education issues (though it was summer) and the vibrant food and arts scene on the Island.

My late father was a reporter at Newsday for many years, covering the courts. In those days, I was mesmerized by his typing: first on a typewriter and then on a chunky keyboard attached to a Microsoft running Windows 98.

I’m a millennial with a knack for storytelling and believe in the connectivity of all ideas + people. When I’m not chasing stories along the South Shore of Long Island, I make infrequent guest appearances behind the bar at Kontokosta Winery, which paid the bills for two years post-college as I built my portfolio.

Have a story idea?

I’d love to hear it: taramsmith21@gmail.com.

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