Amanda Barber

Amanda Barber grew up on Charleston’s West Side and graduated from Capital High School. She recently graduated from Shepherd University with a major in communication and two minors in journalism and marketing. 

Amanda worked as a reporter and coordinator for The Picket, the student-run news at Shepherd. At The Picket, Amanda enjoyed writing articles on local politics, campus happenings and community events. Her favorite project for The Picket was a video piece about caves along the historic C&O Canal outside of Sharpsburg, Maryland. Amanda was named Shepherd’s Outstanding Student Journalist in 2021.

As part of Amanda’s college capstone, she created a multimedia project about Charleston’s West Side called “Project Spotlight West.” The project included a website, blog and podcast all focused on the West Side.

Amanda enjoys being outside with her one-eyed dog Poncho whom she adopted from the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association. Her favorite go-to karaoke songs are “Killing Me Softly” by the Fugees and “Valerie” by Amy Winehouse.

Amanda began her professional journalism career as a digital multimedia journalist for WOWK Channel 13. She is excited to be back in the Capital City and looks forward to building a relationship with her community through reporting and volunteering. 

Amanda believes writing makes the world a better place, and her goal is to create articles that help the Charleston community. If Amanda were to describe herself in three words, they would be: clever, creative and determined.

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