Hi! Thanks for visiting. I’m Mallary Tenore Tarpley, a mom with two kids — Madelyn Joelle, who was born in February 2016, and Tucker William, who was born exactly 19 months later in September 2017.
Pregnancy and motherhood have changed me in ways that I didn’t think were possible. They’ve helped me appreciate my body more, become less perfectionistic, and strike a better work-life balance. Throughout these early months of motherhood, there are so many personal essays and reflections I’ve wanted to share about these changes. This blog is home to these essays — along with a lot of baby-related photos!
When I’m not blogging, I’m Associate Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas in Austin. Previously, I was Executive Director of the media nonprofit Images & Voices of Hope (ivoh) and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Poynter.org. I grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, I received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University.
I live in Austin, Texas, with Madelyn, Tucker, my husband Troy, and our cuddly cat Clara. I’m working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach me at mjtenore[@]gmail[.]com.