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Executive Editor, The Tyler Loop
Tasneem Raja is the Executive Editor of The Tyler Loop, a nonprofit journalism and storytelling platform for Tyler, Texas. The Tyler Loop is a nationally recognized leader in local journalism innovation and nonprofit news sustainability, exploring policy and people in East Texas with original reporting, innovative events, and inclusive community engagement. Prior to founding The Loop, Raja reported for NPR, The New Yorker, the Atlantic, Mother Jones, and other national outlets. A former senior editor at NPR, she launched a popular podcast exploring issues of identity and race with NPR’s Code Switch team. At Mother Jones, she specialized in data visualization and led a team that built the first-ever database of mass shootings in America. She’s a pioneer in the field of data-driven digital storytelling, a frequent speaker on issues of journalism and inclusion, and a die-hard fan of alt weeklies, where she got her start as a local reporter. She lives in Tyler with her husband, her stepson, and two imperious terriers.