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Tanya Mohn

Freelance journalist

New York, New York

Tanya Mohn

I write about travel, culture, business, and road safety for The New York Times and Forbes, covering everything from historic commemorations of the fall of the Berlin Wall and women's contributions to landscape architecture to growing concerns about the number one killer of healthy Americans abroad -- motor vehicle crashes.

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A Eureka Moment, Recreated in Film

This article is part of our latest Fine Arts & Exhibits special report, about how art institutions are helping audiences discover new options for the future. Twenty-five-hundred years ago in a workshop in Athens, a master potter and his apprentice were creating a vase depicting Hercules driving a bull to sacrifice when the potter had a eureka moment — instead of painting figures the usual black, why not red.
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Taking Art to the Streets, Just Look Down

This article is part of our latest special report on Museums, which focuses on reopening, reinvention and resilience. When Brad Carney sketched the plan for a 15,000-square-foot ground mural in downtown Reno, Nev., he wove in design elements from the area’s railroading heritage, and pulled hues and motifs from nearby buildings and landscapes, including the state flower and the famed Reno Arch.
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Rethinking What It Means to Be a Philadelphia Artist

This article is part of our latest special report on Museums, which focuses on reopening, reinvention and resilience. The artist Jesse Krimes had a unique way of adapting during his nearly yearlong stint in solitary confinement. “I didn’t have access to any materials, so I ended up using my local newspaper, pieces of prison-issued soap and playing cards sold in the commissary,” he recalled.
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In New York and More, Public Art Is Taking on Thorny Social Issues

This article is part of our latest special report on Museums, which focuses on reopening, reinvention and resilience. Sanford Biggers, a New York City-based multimedia artist whose bold and edgy artwork tackles thorny social, political and economic themes — often through a historic lens — installed more than 100 pieces throughout the public spaces of Rockefeller Center in Manhattan in early May.
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10 Women Changing the Landscape of Leadership

In critical fields like agriculture, science, finance and technology, they have staked a claim with their pioneering work and are building a path for the next generation. Verónica Pascual Boé, of Spain, recalls being asked by customers early in her engineering career: Can I speak to the man in charge?
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The Little-Known Women Behind Some Well-Known Landscapes

This article is part of our latest Fine Arts & Exhibits special report, which focuses on how art endures and inspires, even in the darkest of times. Frederick Law Olmsted, Calvert Vaux and André Le Nôtre are names nearly as well known as their famous landscapes — Central Park for Olmsted and Vaux, and Versailles for Le Nôtre, the principal gardener of King Louis XIV of France.
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The Traffic Trade-Off

This article is part of a special report on Climate Solutions. As we now know, the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown has been a silver lining for another global crisis: climate change. Sharp decreases in traffic and better air quality have been reported around the world, and hundreds of jurisdictions from Berlin to Bogotá are reallocating space to make it easier for walkers and cyclists with permanent and emergency solutions, like “pop-up” bike routes.
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Global Shopping With UNESCO as Your Guide

On a recent visit to Budapest, I stumbled across Karolina Gallery, a lovely pottery shop at 55 Andrassy Avenue, the city’s blend of the Champs-Élysées and Broadway. As a ceramics lover, I could not resist a few pieces crafted in the pottery-making tradition of Mezotur, a town in eastern Hungary known for its practical and decorative crockery since the mid-19th century.
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The Fall of the Berlin Wall: Thirty Years After the Peaceful Revolution

Burkhard Kieker vividly recalls the demonstrations in Berlin in the autumn of 1989. “I saw the hundreds of thousands of East Berliners losing their fear, asking for free speech and telling the Communist regime to step down,” said Mr. Kieker, who was a young journalist then. When the border between East and West Berlin began to open on Nov. 9, 1989, “it was without a single shot being fired, without bloodshed,” said Mr.
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As Business Conferences Change, Their Hosts Are Changing, Too

Cannes has been a hub for meetings and events since the Cannes Film Festival began in 1946. But, said Régis Faure, director of tourism for Cannes, the gatherings are moving beyond the convention center, the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, and are looking “more and more like a festival.”. “People want to have some fun,” Mr.
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Following in the Footsteps of the Allies for D-Day’s 75th Anniversary

The medieval church that graces the town square in Ste. -Mère-Église, France, has long drawn visitors to pay homage to the American paratroopers who landed in the Normandy village on D-Day, June 6, 1944. “God bless the brave,” wrote a family from England in a recent entry in the church’s guest book.
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The Dutch Reach: A No-Tech Way to Save Bicyclists’ Lives

If Michael Charney has his way, more Americans would adopt a simple method to prevent “doorings,” a type of collision when a driver or passenger in a parked car opens a door into the path of a cyclist. He calls the maneuver the “Dutch Reach,” and it works like this: When you are about to exit the car, you reach across your body for the door handle with your far or opposite hand.
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About

Tanya Mohn

I am a regular contributor to The New York Times and Forbes, writing breaking news and feature stories on business, travel, and road safety.

At The Times, my byline has appeared on hundreds of articles, some featured on the homepage and on the frontpage of The International New York Times (previously the International Herald Tribune). In both publications, a number of stories were among the day’s most emailed.

My work has appeared in many Times sections: Business, Sunday Review, Job Market, Workplace, Metro, Education Life, Travel, Automobiles, Giving, Continuing Education, Retirement, Museums, Fine Arts & Exhibitions, as well as on the reported blogs Wheels and In Transit. Story topics have included business travel, job trends, small business, personal spending, social issues, road safety, travel, and the arts, and I was the lead contributor to the weekly calendar in the travel section of The Times for nearly one year.

For Forbes, I write and produce a reported blog that focuses on transportation,road safety and consumer travel issues. I've also written for NBC News, Today.com, BBC, Yahoo, MSN, AOL’s DailyFinance, and the magazines Afar and Scientific American Explorations.

Prior to my print career, I worked as a segment producer and writer in television news and documentary film for PBS, HBO, CNBC, and several independent film companies, and as a full-time member of the production staff at the ABC News magazine 20/20 for seven years.

Specialties: business and leisure travel, road safety, culture and the arts, and anything that can be considered human interest.