Tanya Ott

Tanya Ott




Tanya Ott is a part-time editor at WBHM and instructor for the University of Alabama's journalism department. She hosts a podcast on business strategy and emerging technologies and trains public radio newsrooms around the country. Over her 30+ year career, she has reported for Marketplace, NPR and other networks and worked at local stations in Florida, Colorado, Georgia and Alabama, including as WBHM's news director from 2002-2013.

Alabama Woman’s Case Highlights State’s Aggressive Prosecution of Pregnant Women
07-3-2019

    NPR’s Audie Cornish speaks with Amy Yurkanin, a healthcare reporter for AL.com, about the case of Marshae Jones and how it has brought attention to Alabama’s aggressive prosecution of pregnant women.

A Conversation with Senator Doug Jones
07-3-2019

In the early 2000s Doug Jones did something many viewed as impossible. He prosecuted and secured the convictions of two Klan members responsible for the 16th Street Church bombing.  Four young black girls were murdered during that terrorist attack. Their names were Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, and Denise McNair. In 2017, Doug […]

District Attorney Drops Charges Against Marshae Jones
07-3-2019

Jefferson County Bessemer Cutoff District Attorney Lynneice Washington announced Wednesday afternoon that she has dropped the manslaughter case against Marshae Jones, the Alabama woman who was charged in the death of her fetus when she was shot in the stomach during an argument.

Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance Accuses Trump Administration of Holding Migrants in Concentration Camps
07-2-2019

Allegations that children are living in squalid conditions, forced to sleep on concrete floors with limited access to bathrooms and no way to brush their teeth or bathe, have prompted calls for action and pushback from officials with Customs and Border Protection.

Jefferson County Bankruptcy Round-Up
11-22-2013

After multiple corruption trials, years of hand wringing and intense negotiations with creditors, Jefferson County has been cleared to exit municipal bankruptcy The $4.2 billion bankruptcy was the largest in U.S. history until Detroit’s filing earlier this year. This is the collection of WBHM’s stories to date.

John Archibald
05-9-2013

In his column this week, John Archibald of the Birmingham News and AL.COM writes that the Jefferson County Courthouse has more drama than CSI, but that the best drama is not in the courtroom but in County Commission Chambers.

John Archibald: Unrest at the Jefferson County Commission
05-2-2013

There’s a lot of unrest in the Jefferson County Commission these days. The commission forced out its top attorney, then convinced a state Supreme Court justice to take the job. But then, he promptly withdraws.

1963 Church Bombing Seeks Compensation
04-11-2013

The lone survivor of a 1963 Birmingham church bombing that killed four black girls is seeking millions of dollars in compensation and says she will not accept a top congressional award to honor the victims.

John Archibald: Why Jeffco Is Paying Attorney $393K To Do Nothing
04-11-2013

Jefferson County spends many millions of dollars a year on legal fees. From the $4.2 billion bankruptcy case to challenges to the county’s occupational tax, Jeffco pays a lot for the lawyers is employs. But this week it put the top in-house attorney on paid leave.

Common Core, Part 2: Implementation a Challenge
04-9-2013

By 2016, students in 45 states and the District of Columbia will be learning the same things, at the same time, under the same set of standards. But it won’t be easy to implement the Common Core State Standards Initiative.