Tanya Eiserer is an investigative reporter at WFAA in Dallas, TX, specializing in investigative journalism.
She is an Emmy-award winner and became a member of the WFAA investigative team in 2018.
In 2016, Tanya won an Emmy for her story that uncovered lapses in security at a local Army reserve bases. In 2017, she won another Emmy for her story about a rape victim’s quest for justice. In 2018, she won a regional Murrow for her story about “family secret.” Tanya traveled to San Quentin to meet her cousin who had spent almost two decades in prison for murder.
1) Who are you? I’m the oldest of four. I grew up on the Gulf Coast in Texas City. I am a political junkie, although I’ve never covered politics. I wanted to be a lawyer when I was a kid. I got bit by the journalism bug in high school and the rest is history. I spent 17 years as a newspaper reporter before joining WFAA in 2014. My friends would say I’m a bit cantankerous and rough around the edges. I speak my mind and do not mince words. But without a doubt, the most important thing that I am is a mom. My son is truly the best thing to ever happen to me.
2) What are your interests? I am a news junkie. The first thing I do in the morning and the last thing I do at night is keep up with what’s going on in the world. I’m interested in great story telling and getting people to care. I like good movies, food and wine. On the weekends, I spend with time with my son. You’ll find us at the water park, Six Flags, the movies or doing some other kid-friendly activity.
3) What do you like about working at WFAA? I like the people I work with most of all. They’ve made me strive to be a better storyteller and journalist every single day.
4) What's one thing people would be surprised to learn about you? I think they’d be surprised at just how low-key my life is outside of work. For me, a great evening is something as simple as having dinner with my kid and husband. They might also be surprised that I’m on the church council at a tiny Episcopal church in Fort Worth.
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