May 6, 2016

Delucchi University Recap: How to Pitch, and We’re Not Talking Baseball


This week we had the pleasure of learning from Tamar Abrams, who joined us for a very special edition of Delucchi University. Tamar has been working in communications for over 30 years, first as a TV producer, then a magazine editor and newspaper reporter. She went on to be a communicator for nonprofit organizations, primarily on issues related to women and families.

While rearing her own child, Tamar worked as a consultant to a variety of foundations, organizations and clients ranging from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to Planned Parenthood Federation of America. For the past 12 years, she has worked on issues related to global health, and traveled around the world to do so. Her stories include a memorable trip to Nigeria during which the building next to her hotel was blown up by a car bomb.

Tamar has successfully placed stories in US media – including The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC News, 60 Minutes, Slate, NPR – and in media outlets from Nairobi to Jakarta to Bangalore. She is also a frequent contributor to Huffington Post and has written for Washingtonian and Arlington Magazines, Self, The Washington Post and Washington Jewish Week. On top of all these accomplishments, she is also three-quarters of the way through writing her first novel.

During her Delucchi University session with us, Tamar shared invaluable insights from her experience both behind and in front of the media desk, with personal stories about what pitches worked successfully on her (as a journalist) and what she was able to successfully pitch herself. Thank you, Tamar!