4 Questions for #WomenHeard Panelist Tamsen Fadal
EMMY Award Winning News Anchor
Tamsen is the evening news anchor at New York City’s WPIX. She is a 12x Emmy award winning journalist, charity minded and an author working to help women navigate change and age with purpose. She currently hosts and produces “Broadway Profiles with Tamsen Fadal” in partnership with the John Gore Organization, which airs nationally.
In addition to her work in television, Tamsen is the author of three books, and is currently at work on her fourth, Coming Up Next as well as her podcast, Coming Up Next with Tamsen Fadal. Her most recent book, The New Single: Finding, Fixing and Falling Back in Love with Yourself seeks to help women emerge from a big life change with confidence, grace, and a recipe for self-care.
Tamsen, a Lebanese American, was named a “Power Woman” by Moves Magazine for her work both on-air and in the community and recently awarded by Women’s eNews 21 Leaders for the 21st Century award for her work in helping to promote and empower women and girls around the world. Tamsen is a Medal of Honor recipient from the Ellis Island Honor which is recognized by both Houses of Congress as one of our nation’s most prestigious awards and is annually memorialized in the Congressional Record.
With more than two decades of experience, she has covered local, national and international stories including Hurricane Sandy, the Columbia Shuttle crash, the London bombings and the war on terror. In 2020, Tamsen traveled to Tanzania with UNICEF to document its work and impact on children and families. In 2002, Tamsen traveled to Afghanistan and was embedded with the American troops during the war. Her career has taken her across the country while working for CBS in New York and Philadelphia, as well as in Orlando and Pittsburgh.
After losing her mother to breast cancer in 1990, she has been a long-time advocate of educating women and their families about this devastating disease, giving all women a chance at early detection, regardless of means. Tamsen is involved in a range of charitable organizations, including UNICEF, ADAPT Community Network, Best Buddies New York and a celebrity ambassador for North Shore Animal League.
Born in Concord, Mass., Tamsen graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism. She currently lives in New York City.
1. What is some advice you can offer women looking to re-enter the workforce, and how can they prepare to make themselves stand out?
I have interviewed several women recently who have come back into the workforce by being bold about their crossover skillset. Even if their resume was not exactly on point with the job, showing the ability to take on a role they are passionate about outweighed what was on their resume. I also believe it is critical to make sure you never have the narrative, “I’m too old for…” Learn what you don’t know. Learn what you need to know. And realize that your age and experience matter now more than ever before.
2. What do you love most about the communications industry, and what is it that made you want to pursue it as a career?
I love how stories of people inspire other people. I have always thought of myself as a conduit for that. And, there is nothing like the feeling you get helping someone get their story out there and seeing it make a difference.
3. What has been the greatest influence throughout your life, and how has this influenced you?
My father has been the greatest influence in my life. After losing my mother to breast cancer at an early age, I watched him move forward as difficult as it was. He influenced my ability to move past fear, to appreciate every day, to give back before anything else and to put people first.
4. Is there a particular book or film you’ve recently read or seen that has made an impression on you? Why?
Recently I read Life is In the Transitions by Bruce Feiler. It spoke to me because I turned 50 this year. I think often times we are all waiting for that big moment or thing we have been working towards and the truth is we have to learn how to navigate life’s biggest transitions with meaning and purpose because that is what we truly remember. I appreciate that people are mastering change at any age and that is truly inspiring.