Tara Giroud Headshot 001I’m an award-winning journalist and creative writer living in Switzerland with my husband and two daughters.

My career in news

I was a staff reporter for the Naples Daily News in Florida where I wrote a three-part series (one of my all-time favorite projects and won FSNE 1st place): a look at the alligator industry. I hung out with a state-employed gator trapper who struggled to make ends meet, spent the dead of night in a boat with two game hunters, alligator guns and bugs the size of my palm, then followed the gator trail from egg to Hermes watch strap.

While on staff at The Bakersfield Californian, I wrote stories ranging from teacher misconduct to the struggles of migrant workers. I’ve held internships at Economist-owned European Voice in Brussels, Belgium, which is now POLITICO Europe, Bloomberg London and WGCU public radio in Fort Myers, Florida.

I founded parenting and wellness blog Walking on Mom, and acted as managing editor of highly-ranked family travel blog Walking on Travels. My work has also appeared on Scary Mommy and in Mothering Matters.

Creative writing

I became a member of the Geneva Writers Group (2016) where I studied fiction and creative nonfiction under author and the group’s president, Susan Tiberghien. Through the GWG I participated in guest-instructor Romesh Gunesekera’s fiction workshop.

I participated in ‘Write Time Retreats’ run by Jason Donald (2016, 2017).

I’ve drafted a novel and several short stories. The novel is still in progress. One short nonfiction story won first prize at the 2017 Geneva Writers Group literary competition. Another was accepted into the GWG anthology, Offshoots 14.

I have degrees in biology and communications as well as a master’s degree in journalism from Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

When I’m not tinkering with words or wrangling my kids, you might find me on one of our little valley’s dusty jogging paths or lounging in the hammock draped across our tiny patio, with a hot cup of tea in one hand and a book in the other.