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From Superior Court Clerk to newspaper reporter and broadcast news anchor, I have had an active career in public service.

I have served on advisory boards, governing boards, directory boards and coalition boards. I have been a Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, General Manager, and Director of Community Relations.

I have hosted radio shows dealing with healing and recovery, personal growth, community issues, and promoted people’s projects, businesses, and endeavors. 

Another media outlet beckoned and I sharpened my pencil to work as a feature reporter for our local bi-weekly newspaper, the White Mountain Independent. I had a feature column for over a year, but soon found myself working as an investigative reporter. In 2016 I launched the paper's video news as news writer and anchor while still serving as a multi-faceted reporter.  

In 2017 I took my skills as a chamber director, a radio talk show host, reporter and news anchor to Navopache Electric Cooperative as their first communications specialist. 

Fast forward 15 months to October, 2018, and you will note that I have returned to my real passion - covering the news. Realizing how much I miss chasing the story and interviewing and writing about some of the most interesting people and businesses in Navajo and Apache Counties, I made a U-turn back to journalism, to where I left off.

 In 2016 I was awarded third place as Investigator Reporter by the Arizona Newspaper Association for a story I did on a town attorney who was suspended and ultimately disbarred; in 2017 I was awarded ANA's Best in the State for Sustained Coverage of an Issue or Series for the 34 stories I did on the marijuana controversy in Snowflake; second place as an Investigative Reporter for my articles on the Silver Creek Irrigation District Embezzlement, and second place as Feature Writer for a story on "Made in Greer" in Pinetop. I am excited to return to reporting the news for the White Mountain community.

Watch for my monthly blog and calendar of events. Some fun things are in the works for the remainder of 2018. 

You are such a fantastic writer, and it is a gift to all of us to be able to read your thoughts about the fantastic communities of the White Mountains. Yeah!! - Anne Abbey-Holmstrom

Barbara's 2017 Awards for Journalism Excellence
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Third place STATEWIDE for

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