Double duty brings newswoman home

On the Air

September 14, 1997|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

It means getting up at 4 a.m., uprooting her family and leaving the station where her work won her an Emmy.

But that's fine with Audrey Barnes. Leaving Flint, Mich., for Baltimore also means coming home.

A native of Laurel and a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, Barnes, 37, didn't miss a beat when WBAL, Channel 11, news director Katherine Green offered her the co-anchor slot on the station morning news.

In a career that started at WBOC-TV in Salisbury, Barnes generally has gotten what she's gone after. Determined to work in a top-10 market before she turned 25, she succeeded, landing at WDIV-TV in Detroit (the country's seventh-largest market).

"Then, once I got to the top-10 as a reporter, I was thinking, 'Now what?' So I decided to give anchoring a try."

She stayed in Flint for seven years as an anchor for the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. news on WJRT, but wanted to get back to reporting -- especially after she earned an Emmy last year for an hourlong documentary she put together on a workshop the Joffrey Ballet sponsored in Flint.

Anchoring and reporting are "totally different ways of communicating, and I love them both," Barnes says. But anchoring duties in Michigan precluded much reporting, "and I really missed it."

She'll be doing both here. She started anchoring Monday, joining Carolyn McEnrue, Tony Pann, Julius Westheimer and Tim Morris on WBAL's 5: 30 a.m.-7 a.m. weekday news broadcasts. And the reporting started July 14, with a report on the summer heat.

Cable tribute

The Sci-Fi cable channel will be paying tribute to the late Burgess Meredith today, with three hours of his most famous TV appearances. The tribute begins at 2 p.m. with an episode of "Night Gallery" and will be followed by four episodes of "The Twilight Zone" -- including "Time Enough at Last," the story of a meek, nearsighted bank teller who wants to be left alone with his books. He gets his wish, but as is usually the case in "The Twilight Zone," he doesn't exactly get what he wished for.

"Time Enough At Last" (2: 30 p.m.-3 p.m.) always turns up on a list of the series' best episodes. Even three decades after it originally aired, fans were telling Meredith how much they enjoyed it.

Pub Date: 9/14/97

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