Barbara grew up in Biddeford, Maine. She earned a master’s in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s in English from the University of Southern Maine.
After stints as a lobsterwoman, woodworker and newspaper editor, Barbara joined Maine Public in 1989. She left in 1994 to explore television, specifically at WCSH6-TV, the NBC affiliate in Portland. In 1999, Barbara began producing, reporting and anchoring Maine Public Television’s public affairs program Maine Watch. She returned to Maine Public Radio in 2003, and now helps oversee digital news content for Maine Public’s website. She also produces and hosts the daily news podcast “This Day in Maine.”
Barbara’s interests include music, theater, literature and the arts in general. For several years, she sang in a local jazz group called !zing. Barbara’s daughter Vanessa is an opera singer.