Tara Shannon McKelvey (born in Kansas City, Missouri) is an American journalist who is a corespondent for Newsweek/Daily Beast and has reported on topics which include national-security issues from the Middle East, South Asia and Russia.
She was married to Michael H. Kott.
In 2011, McKelvey was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in General Nonfiction. McKelvey also won an Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship in 2010 to research and write about the military's black operations. For her investigative work on national security, McKelvey was supported by not only the Alicia Patterson Foundation but also Northwestern University's Carnegie National Security Journalism Initiative. McKelvey, a fellow at Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University, wrote on the relationship between the media and US covert operations.
McKelvey is also a research fellow at New York University School of Law’s Center on Law and Security, an Ochberg Fellow under the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a Hoover Media Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, and lastly she is a fellow with the Templeton-Cambridge Fellowship in Religion and Science program and in an International Reporting Project done by Johns Hopkins University.
- Monstering: Inside America's Policy on Secret Interrogations and Torture in the Terror War. Carroll & Graf, 2007.
- "New Threats to Freedom"
- "The Impact of 9/11 and the New Legal Landscape"
As Editor 
- One of the Guys: Female Torturers and Aggressors. Seal Press, 2007.
- "Tara S. McKelvey". Georgetown. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
- New York Civil Liberties Union - Tara McKelvey profile
- "Fall 2012 - Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy". Shorenstein Center. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
- "Tara McKelvey Weds Michael H. Kott." The New York Times, 6 August 1989
- Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship
- "Tara McKelvey - New Threats To Freedom". New Threats of Freedom. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
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