Don't just take my word for it. Read what it's like to work alongside me from the perspective of community members, my team, my peers and industry leaders.
“During my tenure as Publisher at Patch.com, I was privileged to work with Tara Tesimu. Tara is an exceptional editorial and media leader as well as an inspirational teammate. Recognizing the value of editorial collaboration, Tara and I worked together to create one of the most productive business teams in the company. Tara has an innate ability to work across divisions and create & implement initiatives that were beneficial to the overall goals of the organization. Her foresight and preparation allowed us to expand our audience and increase revenue quickly in order to meet our goals. Tara is a true collaborator."
Each and every day, Tara is a cooperative peer, moving the needle to ensure that relevant and timely content is delivered to each Patch. All the while, Tara is making sure that information sharing between sales and editorial is constant. Cooperation, creative solutions and a local focus are her core values, and she is the heart and soul of this region. She is one of Patch’s greatest assets and I feel truly lucky to be working alongside her.”
“Making It About People”
“Tara recruited local voices to author content and participate in both print and electronic distribution, and was successful even when the TribLocal brand was new and unproven. Tara organized successful meetups and face-to-face interactions for people whose only commonality was reading the same publication. In short, Tara set the bar for hyperlocal journalism, making it about people rather than just content.”
“Setting the Bar”
“Tara is an exemplary performer and an integral part of the Central Zone and Patch leadership. Tara hits her goals and then some, often setting the bar for the rest of the zone or company. As a leader, she holds herself and her team to high standards — and does so in a positive and supportive manner. She is flexible and entrepreneurial, regularly devising ways to overcome challenges and move the business forward.”
“Sharp Digital Instincts”
Tara Tesimu is exactly the kind of person you want leading your team. She's enthusiastic, kind, supportive and has sharp digital instincts. I’ve had the pleasure of working with her both at Chicago Tribune's TribLocal.com and at Patch.com. As a colleague at the Tribune, Tara was instrumental in focusing TribLocal’s digital and social media strategy. I worked with her on several committees to help shape the editorial and digital direction. She is full of ideas and loves to collaborate. We also had a chance work together at Patch.com. And her approach and philosophies were still the same. She’s a true professional who’s bright, engaging and has a keen sense of what the Patch readers are looking for."
“Tara is a go-getter. She is always thinking of new ways to communicate effectively with readers. She is a member of the Ethics Committee for a reason — her ethical standards, knowledge and desire to constantly improve. She is an intelligent risk-taker. Tara consistently keeps a positive attitude even when tough issues arise. She always demonstrates a can-do attitude and is willing to try things with a new perspective.”
~Kelli Murray, TribLocal Managing Editor
“A Terrific Communicator”
“Tara is a team player in every sense of the word. She is smart and a terrific communicator. She is able to deliver potentially bad news in a very positive, forward thinking way. Tara is honest with her team and is able to sell people on new ideas and the direction of the company. She works very hard but never seems frantic or overwhelmed. She is also fun and a great person to work for. She is always willing to help. I am a bit older than Tara and have worked for several editors in my career and she is easily the best person I’ve ever worked for.
~Brian Slupski, Patch Regional Editor
“Proactive and Passionate”
“Tara was great to work with. She was proactive and passionate about her writing and understood the impact she could have in her communities. Her upbeat personality was inspirational.”
~Jim Powers, Pioneer Press Managing Editor
"Vision For Community Engagement"
Working as part of Tara’s team means I’m constantly learning and seeing the power of user voices in action. Tara’s vision for community engagement and the type of conversations we can foster on our sites is infectious, and she has a tremendous ability to inspire others and implement innovative, big-picture strategy. I’m continually impressed by her effectiveness in setting a positive tone no matter what the situation — especially as blogging and UGC become a more and more important part of what ando at Patch and some editors are reluctant to adjust their mindsets.
As a manager, Tara encourages us to take initiative, work autonomously and own community engagement in our respective zones. She is extremely supportive of our ideas/feedback and I appreciate the trust she puts in us as her team to help shape strategy and make decisions.
~Joanna Schneider, Patch Community Relations Coordinator