A Journalist You Can Relate To
DARA'S JOURNEY of FIRSTS
She landed a coveted job as a production assistant at ESPN where she worked on a variety of sports. She would shadow on-air talent on her off time and study their scripts to practice anchor delivery. She next joined a start-up production team in New York City where they would win multiple Emmy’s including for documentaries where she played a valuable role.
Dara has been nationally viewed on Fox and CBS Sports, E!, and Nickelodeon. Global viewers have tuned in to SKY and Al Jazeera English where she was the first black woman in those roles. She has had White House security clearance on multiple occasions from covering the Yankees to Politics.
Cemented in the beliefs of facts first in journalism and equality for all, Dara's intersection of work and values drive her passion for newsgathering and information sharing across sectors that need louder voices including financial, community, news and political stories.
Dara on the radio
"DARA DELIVERS INFORMATION & CULTIVATES IDEAS. SHE SPEAKS ON TOPICALITIES AND BELIEVES EVERY
SITUATION HAS A STORY."
- Former executive producer
From the moment she landed her first television job as a teen talk show host in high school by winning a competition, Dara has connected to people and searched for stories to tell on any platform. Always focused on diversifying her journalistic reach, she has thrived working across sectors. “From the start, I was interested in not just one beat but, in varying subjects,” she said. “Journalism was my way to explore, bond, and inform. I studied my craft and worked whatever available assignment and, even covered stories on my own time to become a complete sponge and orator of information and not be boxed in but, instead one who can contribute on multiple levels in my uber-competitive field.”
MODERATING & SPEAKING
Dara has earned a reputation for building and fostering relationships across industries. Her fearless approach to connecting with top officials has landed her exclusive leads, on-and-off camera, with some of the biggest newsmakers that have afforded her a top-notch source list and impressive gets.
Dara’s Book Bag
“Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space. Invite one to stay.”
– Maya Angelou
“The ability to lead a happy life is made, not found”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
“There’s power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice. And there’s grace in being willing to know and hear others.”
– Michelle Obama
“If you mind your own business, you’ll stay busy all the time.”
– Hank Williams, Jr.
“The worst thing to call somebody is crazy. It’s dismissive.”
– Dave Chappelie