About Tara Baukus Mello

Female auto writer Tara Baukus Mello began her career in communications in 1987. She has worked as a magazine editor, a corporate communications professional and a freelance journalist. A passion for automobiles brought her to Petersen Publishing (now part of Source Interlink), where she was the editor of the special interest publications in the automotive performance group, producing a new magazine every three weeks.

Tara & her husband Jeff work as a photography team. Their work is shown throughout the site. © Tara & Jeff Mello

As owner of She Drives, Tara’s automotive experience includes work as a magazine editor, a radio news anchor, an automotive analyst and a car buying advice expert.

With over 3,500 articles to her credit, Tara’s writing career has ranged from music and theater reviews to business profiles and travel articles. She is also the author of ten non-fiction chapter books for children, seven of which are on automotive topics.

Tara has more than 18 years experience specializing in the automotive industry. Her work has appeared in such publications as Autoweek, Woman’s World, Parade, Automotive News, Woman’s Day, cNet.com, Edmunds.com, Truck Trend, Camping Life, Auto World, and Westways, among others. She is the former news anchor for Motor Trend Radio, writing and recording the show’s twice-weekly broadcasts. Tara puts her corporate communications background to work with training materials, instructional design, executive ghostwriting/speechwriting, corporate writing and more.

Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Tara graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a Bachelors of Liberal Arts and a concentration in writing. She currently parks the’32 Ford she built with her father in the garage of her family’s Southern California home.

Tara is a member of the American Society of Journalists and AuthorsMotor Press GuildInternational Motor Press Association and Specialty Equipment Market Association.