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Tamara is a trauma researcher and award-winning journalist. Founder of Pickup Communications, she has become a thought leader in trauma-informed storytelling.
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Tamara Cherry is a trauma researcher, survivor advocate, and award-winning journalist who spent the bulk of her career as a crime reporter in some of Canada’s largest newsrooms, including the Toronto Star, Toronto Sun, and CTV News Toronto. In late 2019, Tamara left her journalism career to form Pickup Communications, a public relations firm that supports trauma survivors and the stakeholders who surround them. It was through this lens that, in May 2020, she began researching the impact of the media on trauma survivors and the impact of trauma on members of the media — a deeply personal and transformational project that ultimately culminated in her non-fiction debut, The Trauma Beat: A Case for Re-Thinking the Business of Bad News. Part-memoir, part-journalism, The Trauma Beat draws on the experiences of more than 100 trauma survivors — from homicides to traffic fatalities, sexual violence to mass violence. Tamara is also the author of All the Bumpy Pebbles, a novel about domestic sex trafficking that was inspired by the stories shared with her by survivors. Tamara is a regular voice on Newstalk 1010 radio in Toronto and across the iHeart Radio Talk Network. She lives in Regina, Saskatchewan with her partner and three kids.

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I don’t remember if I actually hid this, but it would have been on-brand if I did. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume. This was one of my favourite books of all time, but the thought of talking to my mom about boobs and periods would have been horrifying as a 12-year-old girl who wanted nothing more than boobs and periods.

So, so many lines I’ve underlined and highlighted over the years, but here’s a delightful one I’ve shared a lot lately:
“I said, ‘He friend-requested me, too, and I looked at his website. He’s writing a novel, apparently.’
‘So what? Who isn’t?’
‘I mean, not everyone is. Some people aren’t writing a novel.’”
— from the brilliant Chelsea Wakelyn’s debut novel What Remains of Elsie Jane

I strive for clean, but often keep it cluttered with tasks I need to check off my to-do list.

The crushing responsibility of getting a trauma survivor’s story exactly right, of not causing further harm.

To be present for the birth of a baby that isn’t mine.

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