A nagging voice within Tara Mergener told her it was time to move on from the excitement of Washington, D.C., where she had reported for 10 years, to a new challenge across the country — anchoring the 10 p.m. news at KWTX in Waco, Texas.
It had happened before. When she had been living in New Hampshire, reporting in Portland and Boston, Mergener and her husband decided to pack up and move to the nation’s capital — with no jobs, no plan and a new baby. Two weeks later, though, she was freelancing everywhere she could, first at Hearst’s Washington bureau, then WBAL, CNN and CBS News. “I loved every minute of it,” Mergener says. “I was never bored in ten years, not for one minute.”