Taunya splits her time between Philadelphia and Pennsylvania's state capital in Harrisburg. She is the creator and producer of a year-long multimedia collaboration between National Public Radio affiliate, WHYY and WURD. The series, In the Gap: Voices from the Health Divide, explores the disparities that keep African Americans in Philadelphia from better health.
Taunya is a fellow with the NPR-Kaiser Health News-Member Stations Reporting Partnership on Health Care in the States. In addition to radio reporting, Taunya produces health segments for WHHY's Delaware TV newsmagazine "First." Before joining WHYY, Taunya led statehouse news coverage for Public Radio Capitol News in Harrisburg, Pa., and worked as a freelance health reporter for Baltimore’s WYPR. She began her journalism career as a newspaper reporter in Northern California, then worked as a science writer in Washington, DC. She earned her graduate degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
If you can't abide Brussels sprouts and broccoli, your genes may be to blame. Geneticist Danielle Reed of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia studies differences in our perception of taste and smell. A small blip in DNA might determine if you're bitter blind or have a sweet tooth.