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Tamar Charney is the program director at Michigan Radio, the state's largest public radio station serving approximately 500,000 listeners in southern lower Michigan. She oversees on-air programming, news and the station's online services. Charney started at Michigan Radio in 1997 as a newscaster and was soon charged with launching the station's award-winning Arts and Humanities Radio Project. She was also the senior producer and founding producer of Michigan Radio's weekly magazine program Stateside, the Jack Lessenberry Show which was a daily call-in program, and Storylines Midwest a 12-week series of special call-in shows about regional literature. Before joining Michigan Radio, Charney was assistant program director at WDET Detroit, a music announcer and producer at WEMU Ypsilanti, and did a variety of voice-over and freelance work including producing a documentary for NPR's Jazz Profiles. She's won numerous state, regional and national awards for her reporting and documentary production including an Edward R. Murrow Award. Charney was just elected to the Public Radio Program Directors Board of Directors. She has a master's in telecommunications from Michigan State University and a bachelor's in psychology from the University of Michigan. Charney co-authored the chapter "Uses and Gratifications" in the 2002 book Internet In Communication Technology and Society, based on her master's thesis research.

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