Author: Tanya Biank
Tanya Biank is an author and journalist. Her latest book, UNDAUNTED: The Real Story of America’s Servicewomen in Today’s Militarygives the inside story of military women’s professional and personal challenges from the combat zone to the home front.
Tanya’s book, ARMY WIVES: The Unwritten Code of Military Marriage was the basis for Lifetime TV’s hit series, ARMY WIVES, which ran for seven seasons and is one of the top five longest running drama series in basic cable history. Tanya served as a consultant for the show, which was cable’s No.1- rated drama series among women.
A portion of the proceeds from many of Tanya’s book signings support the military community.
During Tanya’s days as a newspaper reporter she traveled around the world with troops. Her coverage of the Fort Bragg Army wife murders in 2002 led to congressional inquiries and changes in Army policy. Her work has appeared in a number of publications, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. She has been a guest on national television and radio, including Good Morning America, CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, ABC News and NPR.
Tanya enjoys traveling the country as a guest speaker and meeting members of the military community. She has spoken at dozens of places from coast to coast to include the United States Military Academy at West Point, The Pritzker Military Library in Chicago and the Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. Tanya has been the guest speaker for spouse club luncheons, FRG groups, libraries, schools, book clubs, military formals, veterans’ organizations, Memorial Day events, and women’s issues forums.
Tanya is an Army brat and Army wife. She comes from a family of combat veterans and active-duty service members and is a proud member of the Society of Daughters of the United States Army. During her father’s thirty-year career in the Army, she grew up on military posts throughout the world.
As an Army wife, Tanya has volunteered her time to the military community on a local and national level. She is a military outreach advisory board member for Penn State’s World Campus/Continuing and Distance Education program. She is an adviser for Jane Wayne Gear’s mentoring program, which helps military spouses build their businesses. Her past involvement includes serving as an FRG leader and spouse club board member. She has also served as an adviser for the National Military Spouse and Family Monument; on the board of directors for SOFAR (Strategic Outreach to Families of All Reservists); and on the national Spouse Council for the Military Officers Association of America. Tanya has also served as a selection committee member for military spouse of the year awards. Military Spouse Magazine named her on its 2007 Who’s Who of Military Spouses list “recognizing those who have made significant contributions in the military community for all military spouses.”
Tanya is a Fulbright scholar and graduate of Penn State, where she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She was a member of the University Scholar’s Program, graduating with honors. Tanya was also Penn State’s College of Communication’s 2009 Outstanding Alumni. The award is presented to a graduate of the college “who has demonstrated excellence in the field of communications, contributed significantly to their profession, and gained an exemplary reputation among colleagues and students within their community.”
Tanya lives with her husband and two children in Maryland.