Tara grew up in McLean, Virginia. Her parents were Foreign Service Officers, so she also lived in Manila, Paris and Nairobi. She graduated from Georgetown with a bachelor’s degree in government and received a master’s degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. She recently covered national politics for The Arizona Republic. Before that, she worked in Israel for three years at The Media Line, a nonprofit news agency that covers the Middle East.