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Vicki Barker is a London-based writer and broadcaster specializing in current affairs and global economic and environmental trends. Part of her work includes covering the 2006 Lebanon War for CBS News Radio and producing a major four-part radio documentary series on the future of globalization for BBC World Service, “The Changing Face of Global Power “. She also reports for national public radio.
Barker spent eight years as a Washington correspondent for UPI Radio before moving to London in 1989 to become a London correspondent, then London bureau chief for NBC / Mutual Radio. In 1992, Barker joined CNN’s London office as a producer; she also reported from London and Berlin for CNN International. Barker also spent two years doing independent reporting in London for CNN’s World Business Today program, CNN News, NPR and NBC Radio.
She hosted the BBC World Service’s morning news program for American listeners, “World Update”, from its inception in 1997 until 2003.
In 2005, she produced “Reinventing the Newswheel in a World of Expanding Markets and Shrinking Natural Resources”, a 35,000 word report initially commissioned as a resource for BBC News officials, but then made available to a larger readership. large. The report attempted to answer the question, “How would economic coverage change if we could reinvent it today, incorporating what we now know about global environmental and economic trends?”
Barker’s reporting duties included the 1988 Bush campaign; the Salvadoran elections of 1989 and the accompanying FMLN offensive; the Gulf War and the Kurdish refugee crisis; the Soviet coup of 1991; the 1996 exhumation of mass graves near Srebrenica, Bosnia; the trip of Pope John Paul II to Cuba in 1998; the Northern Ireland peace referendum and the 2000 US elections.
His reporting in Lebanon during Israel’s war against Hezbollah earned CBS News Radio an Edward R. Murrow Award for news coverage. His reporting on the 1991 Gulf War and the fall of the Soviet Union won gold and bronze medals at the National Headliner Awards.
She is a published poet, unpublished novelist, and contributed to the Middle Eastern chapter of “Crimes of the Scene: A Mystery Novel Guide for the International Traveler” (by Nina King; St. Martin’s Press, 1997).
Barker graduated from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. She holds an MA in Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins University and the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, and an Honorary Doctorate from Kenyon College.