Byron Barnett joined WHDH-TV in April 1983. During his eleven years at Channel 7, Barnett has covered a wide range of major stories of both local and national importance. Among those are the riots in Lawrence, MA in 1984, the release of the American hostages held on a TWA airliner in Beirut (reporting from Weisbaden, West Germany) in 1985, the space shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986, and the New Hampshire presidential primaries in 1984, 1988, and 1992.
In 1983, Barnett established Channel 7's New England News Exchange, North Bureau located at the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune newspaper. Barnett managed and reported from the bureau until 1988.
Before coming to WHDH-TV, Barnett worked as the Minneapolis City Hall reporter for KSTP-TV, the ABC affiliate in Minneapolis-St. Paul. At KSTP, Barnett was responsible for covering city, county, and state government as well as the police department and the courts. Barnett also hosted and produced public affair programs and documentaries.
Barnett won the Minnesota Page One Spot News Award for a story about a firefighter who died in the line of duty. The competition was sponsored by the Minnesota chapter of Sigma Delta Chi, the professional journalism association.
A graduate of the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis, Barnett earned his bachelor's degree in journalism and was a community affairs reporter for the university's newspaper, The Minnesota Daily.
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