Tanya McRae is president of Amazonia Productions. She has 20 years of experience in television as a producer, field director, reporter, anchor, host and writer. Her credits include programs for ABC & NBC News, Travel Channel, Lifetime Television, Discovery Channel, MTV, Oxygen Media, TLC, National Geographic Channel, A & E, Animal Planet, Paramount Pictures Television, E! Entertainment Television, and local television stations in New York and Los Angeles.
Tanya graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree from the Annenberg School of Communications. Her first job was as an assignment desk assistant in New York at ABC World News Tonight and Nightline. She worked on coverage of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Tianenman Square massacre, and the San Francisco earthquake. Tanya then went to work in production at WPIX-TV and Lifetime Television before heading to the West Coast.
Tanya started in Los Angeles as an associate producer for “The Gabrielle Show” and then became a producer and field director on shows such as “Hard Copy”, “Leeza”, “Travel Channel Secrets”, “Vibe”, “A & E Investigative Reports” and “I Wanna Be A Soap Star”.
Tanya returned to news in 2000 as a producer for the award winning teen news program “Channel One”, which aired daily in over 12,000 schools across the country. For two years she covered news, pop culture and investigative stories in the US and other countries. She produced series on issues such as teen dating violence, Oxycontin abuse, decline of coral reef in Hawaii and the impact of illegal immigration on families in Central Mexico. Tanya was also a freelance reporter in Los Angeles for Time Warner CitiCable and Santa Monica City TV.
In 2005 Tanya became a reporter for KMIR, the NBC affiliate in Palm Springs, CA. During her three year tenure she received two Emmy award nominations and became the lead reporter on breaking news stories, wildfires, investigative series, the funeral of President Gerald Ford, and a regular education series, “KMIR School Six”. Her stories appeared n CNN, MSNBC and KNBC in Los Angeles.
Tanya launched the weekly magazine television show “Spotlight On The Desert” in 2008 through her company, Amazonia Productions. The program quickly became one of the most popular local programs in the Palm Springs area and currently airs 7 days a week in the desert and can be seen 24 hours a day on the internet: www.spotlightonthedesert.com. The program has also aired across Southern California on KCAL and nationally on DirecTV in 18 million households.