Tara Murtha is a writer and columnist at Philadelphia Weekly, where she focuses on news, crime, policy and social justice issues with particular interest in youth violence, sexual violence, gender/media issues and reproductive rights. Murtha is a member of GunCrisis.org, an experimental multimedia collaboration of journalists that documents the gunfire homicide crisis in Philadelphia in search of solutions. In 2012 and 2011, Murtha was honored with the Distinguished Writer award by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. In 2012, PW’s “The Rape Issue” earned the first place Public Interest award by the Association for Alternative Newsmedia for exposing shortfalls of the criminal justice system in correctly classifying and successfully prosecuting rape. She earned a master’s degree in English & Publishing from Rosemont College and teaches journalism at Temple University.