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Birthday: Sept. 6
Tamika Smith was born and raised in Miami, Fla., and Nassau, Bahamas. She started in the news industry at the age of 14 in Miami with NBC6's junior broadcasting program. With a degree from Howard University, she has worked in various newsrooms in the nation's capital, from Fox5 DC to NPR's "Tell Me More with Michel Martin."
Currently at Patch, she reports about major issues that affect the political and educational infrastructure of the Takoma Park community. As a resident of the area for several years, Tamika hopes you will reach out to her with story ideas you think would be great for the site and would love your feedback as well.
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