Barbara Ciara

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Barbara Ciara is a Norfolk, Va., based television journalist.


Ciara is managing editor and anchor of WTKR NewsChannel 3 in Norfolk, Va., and columnist for . In August 2007, she began a two-year term as president of the National Association of Black Journalists. Ciara previously served as vice president of broadcast for NABJ – becoming the public face and voice of black journalists nationwide protesting the actions of shock jock Don Imus during the association’s call for his removal from MSNBC and CBS Radio in 2007. Ciara has provided analysis on CNN, CBS News, XM Radio, National Public Radio and the Tom Joyner Morning Show. As well as quotes in The New York Times and The Washington Post among others. Elected interim president of Unity: Journalists of Color, Inc. in 2009.

Her career began in Tucson, Ariz., where she worked on the school newspaper at Pima Community College while also attending the University of Arizona. During her junior year she left college to take a full time position at KZAZ-TV in Tucson, Ariz., in 1976. Over a five -year period she worked in production as an audio director and technical director, and later in news as a photographer, reporter, assignment editor, producer, noon anchor and news director. At the time, 1978, she was the youngest female and first African-American to achieve the management status of news director at a commercial...
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