Tamala Edwards anchors the morning edition of Action News from 5 to 7 am. She has also been part in a number of other Action News hallmark events, anchoring coverage of the Live Eight concert, co-moderating a debate with the Democratic mayoral candidates and participating in the 6ABC gala introduction of the King Tut exhibit at the Franklin Institute. For the past few years, Edwards and her co-anchor Matt O'Donnell have saluted the top high school graduates in Best of the Class and kicked off the start of the season at the Philadelphia Zoo with a special broadcast. Along with anchoring, Edwards reports for Action News, specializing in education and political stories.
Tamala was the anchor of ABC's World News Now, and World News This Morning. Prior to joining World News Now, she was an ABC News correspondent based in the network's Washington, D.C., bureau covering education, religion and culture for World News Tonight and other ABC News programs. She was an embedded reporter during the Iraq War, moving with the Air Force from Kuwait to Nasiriyah, Iraq. She joined ABC News as a White House correspondent in August 2001.
Before coming to ABC, Edwards was a staff writer at TIME Magazine. During the 2000 presidential election, she covered Vice President Al Gore's campaign and former New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley's campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. She was a panelist in the Apollo Theatre debate in New York between Gore and Bradley, and Edwards also participated in MTV's Choose or Lose broadcasts.
Ms. Edwards previously served as a correspondent in the Washington bureau of Time from 1995-1997, where she covered Bob Dole's presidential campaign politics, society, and breaking news. Before coming to Washington in 1995, she worked for two years as a Time reporter in New York covering international news.
Ms. Edwards has written on a diverse number of topics including the cover story, "Who Needs a Husband?" on the changing dynamics around love and marriage. She has also written about House and Senate races, the Reform Party, the fight over school funding in Vermont, and other highly charged political issues. She has covered the business boom of college preparation, the growing importance of women in philanthropy, the Supreme Court case of student-to-student sexual harassment and the public debate over books on topics like modesty, race and mental illness. She has written dispatches from the presidential campaign trail and articles on the passage of the historic balanced budget and tax-cut bill, the stripping of home rule from the District of Columbia, and an account of former Chinese first lady Madame Chang's return to Washington.
While in New York at Time International from 1993-1995, she covered global issues from the reclamation of an ancient Jewish text in Bosnia to the international expansion of MTV News to an international art-world ruckus over a group of Canadian prehistoric figurines.
The Education Writers Association awarded Ms. Edwards first prize for her contribution to Time's 1999 cover story, "What Makes a Good School." In its August 2000 issue, Vogue magazine named her a journalist for "The Next Establishment," and in November 2000, she was featured in Folio magazine's "30 Under 30" list.
Born in Georgia and raised in Texas, Edwards graduated from Stanford University with an honors Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations.
Edwards has fallen in love with the Delaware Valley, with its history, architecture, natural beauty, culture, food and warm people. She enjoys community service, especially events related to children and the elderly. In her free time, she likes to read, hike, cook and catch up on movies. She lives in Mount Airy with her husband and pets.