Allbritton Journalism Institute Announces Hiring of Tara Golshan and Byron Tau


The Allbritton Journalism Institute (AJI) announced today the addition of two accomplished journalists: Tara Golshan and Byron Tau.

Tara and Byron will bring years of stellar journalism experience to help lead AJI’s newsroom. Tara will serve as a senior editor and Byron will be a reporter for the institute’s non-profit publication set to launch this fall. They will also both be mentors at AJI, working closely with this year’s inaugural class of fellows.

AJI is backed by a $20 million grant from Robert Allbritton, the founding publisher of Politico. The new non-profit organization and newsroom, staffed by veteran journalists, will train aspiring reporters to produce fact-based, non-partisan journalism on government and politics.

Tara comes to AJI from Vanity Fair, where she was a senior editor helping oversee politics, business and technology coverage for The Hive and the magazine. Previously, she was a policy and politics reporter at HuffPost, where she covered the 2020 election and Covid-19 relief legislation. Before that, she was part of Vox’s inaugural congressional team, covering Donald Trump’s agenda on Capitol Hill.

Byron is an investigative and enterprise journalist who specializes in law, courts and national security. Over the course of more than a decade in Washington, Byron has covered all three branches of the federal government, most recently for The Wall Street Journal. For the Journal, he served as a White House reporter during the Obama administration; covered Congress with a focus on the intelligence, oversight and judiciary committees; and was a legal affairs and national security correspondent. Before that, he worked at Politico, where he covered the White House, lobbying, campaign finance and politics. He’s the author of the forthcoming book “Means of Control” about how consumer data is increasingly being repurposed for government surveillance, expected to be released in March 2024 by Crown Publishing.

Professional journalists interested in working with AJI should contact Tim Grieve at Individuals and institutions who wish to support the institute’s work should contact Rachel Hirschberg at The Allbritton Journalism Institute is a Virginia nonstock corporation and has an application pending for tax-exempt status under Internal Revenue Code 501(c) (3).

The Allbritton Journalism Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, marital status or military status in its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship or grant programs, other school-administered programs, employment, recruitment, compensation, or any of its other activities or operations. AJI admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, marital status or military status to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.