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Ann Tanner Taylor
1996 Notable UT Woman Award Recipient

Ann Tanner Taylor, daughter of the late Florence McCain and Judge Robert L. Taylor, was born in Johnson City, Tennessee, which remained her home until 1949 when the family moved to Knoxville after her father was named to a federal judgeship by President Harry Truman. Taylor attended West High School for one year before completing her secondary education at Chatham Hall in Chatham, Virginia. She spent three years at Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, Virginia, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Tennessee with a major in English and a minor in history. Ann Taylor began her newscasting career in Knoxville at WATE Radio and Television, first writing commercials, the next year moving into the station's newsroom, and later doing on-air broadcasting. From 1969 to 1974, Taylor was a news anchor at WTOP Radio, an all-news radio station in Washington, D.C., and then a news coanchor for WTOP Television. A fifteen-year association with NBC News in New York City earned Taylor the Gabriel Certificate of Merit for her series highlighting positive stories in the news and in 1979 an American Women in Radio and Television commendation for "The Women's Program." Since 1989 Taylor has been a newscaster with National Public Radio's All Things Considered.