Barbara Bailey

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I grew up in Harlan County, and graduated from Harlan High School. My parents still live there, and my brother's a doctor here in Lexington. When I was in high school, I worked on the yearbook and newspaper staff, and had a great journalism teacher.

When it was time to choose a college, there was no question that I wanted it to be the University of Kentucky. I was a huge UK fan, and have great memories of going to games at the old Stoll Field, and Memorial Coliseum as a child. I would always listen to Cawood Ledford call the games, and would feel like I could see the action through his eyes. I couldn't wait until the Courier Journal arrived each day, so I could pore over the sports page. That was the first place I went, but then I read the rest of the newspaper from the first page to the last. It may have been an interest in sports that first drew me to the newspaper, but that sparked an interest in news and current events that has followed me through life.

I started my college career as a music major, in performance piano. I've always had a love of music of all kinds. When my advisor told me it was time to "get serious" about a major, journalism seemed the obvious choice. While I was still in school, I wrote for my hometown newspaper, The Harlan Daily Enterprise, over summer vacation. I was hooked. I did an internship at the UK Public Relations office, and at WTVQ-TV.

When I was a student at UK's Graduate School of Communications, I taught beginning journalism classes at UK. I was eager to get my start in the "real" world, and finally got my break at WKYT in 1979. The first day I walked into the station, I knew that's where I wanted to be. I started as the Girl Friday in the newsroom, doing a little bit of everything. It was my foot in the door.

Since then, I've been morning anchor, education and crime beat reporter, producer, and even backup weather person. Since 1996, I've anchored 27 NewsFirst at Noon, 5 and 6, and our After Noon program.

I've grown up at WKYT, and not just as a reporter. When I married my husband, Roger, in 1987, my WKYT family was there. Roger and I have two children, Courtney and Clark. Next year, I'm going to serve as PTO president at their school, and I try not to miss any of their activities and games. I'm also still working with Big Brothers/ Big Sisters of the Bluegrass as co-chair of the Bowl for Kids' Sake, The Kidney Foundation of Central Kentucky, The Ronald McDonald House, Bluegrass Tomorrow and the Center for Women, Children and Families.

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