kari barber

Hello! I'm a journalist-turned-documentary filmmaker and multimedia producer who travels the globe in search of stories that inspire and unite us.

After some exciting years covering elections, upheaval, progress and everyday life in West and Central Africa and a few eye-opening years in the nation's capital earning an MFA at American University and working on documentary films, I've now found myself in beautifully rugged Reno, Nevada. I'm proudly a professor of journalism in the Reynolds School at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Originally an Okie, I started my career at a TV station in Little Rock, Arkansas and a newspaper in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. My life has been a combination of small town and big world ever since.

I've produced my own films including the half hour documentary Baking Alaska, and have partnered with other filmmakers to bring my producing, shooting, editing, multimedia or promotional skills to support their work. Through a partnership with PBS Frontline and the Investigative Reporting Workshop in Washington, D.C., I've worked as a researcher and reporter on two documentaries for Frontline and have worked on other documentaries so wide ranging in subject matter that to list them would sound like the start to a bad joke.

With the Fourth Estate, journalism, in crisis, I feel like this is a really exciting time for documentary film and multiplatform storytelling to take up the mantle and expose abuses of power, while promoting endeavors of good. Through my work I use visual language—the most universal language—to seek to strengthen communities and empower those who work to make the world a healthier and more just place. Thank you for taking the time to visit this site.