Barbara West Biography
Barbara West (TV news anchor) is a television journalist and former news anchor for WFTV in Orlando, Florida. She was born in Orlando, Florida as Barbara Schmitt West. She and her husband have now organized a not-for-profit foundation that raises significant amounts of money for leading hospitals, animal shelters, hospices, educational institutions and other charitable organizations across the country.
Barbara West Age
Television journalist Barbara West was born in 1948 in Orlando, Florida. She is 70 years as of 2018.
Barbara West Family
Barbara Schmitt was born in Orlando Florida, information about her family is not revealed yet.
Barbara West Married
West is married to husband Wade West, a former political strategist for both Democrats and Republicans, including presidential cabinet members and the Bush and Clinton administrations.
Barbara West Education
West attended the University of Vermont where she earned a Master’s degree. It was while in Vermont that she won the 1969 Miss Vermont contest and thereafter selected to represent her state in the national Miss America competition
Barbara West Height
Information about Barbara West height is not disclosed.
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Barbara West Career
Before starting her career in television news, she was an Assistant Professor at the university. West was a principal assistant to Peter Jennings while he was an anchor for ABC’s World News Tonight in London. She helped cover such stories as the Royal Wedding of Charles and Diana and the Iranian Hostage Crisis. Since 1992 she has served as health reporter and anchor for Orlando’s WFTV news at noon and 5:30. As a health reporter, she traveled to Canada to report on its health care system and to Ukraine to report on the 10th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster and its health effects. She received the 2002 Summit Award for Community service from Central Florida Women’s Resource Center and an Emmy for her reporting on women fighting breast cancer. On her official biography page on WFTV.com, she lists her first two specific accomplishments as covering the inauguration of President George W. Bush and covering the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.
On October 23, 2008, West interviewed Democratic vice-presidential candidate Joe Biden with questions she personally wrote. West asked Biden if he was “embarrassed about Barack Obama’s affiliation with ACORN” given allegations of voter registration fraud by ACORN in elections past, likened Obama’s response to a question from Ohio voter “Joe the Plumber” to a quote from Karl Marx, asked how Obama is not being a Marxist given his views on “spreading the wealth”, and questioned if Obama might lead the U.S. “into a socialist country much like Sweden.” At one point, Biden asked West if she was joking, and later suggested she was offering “talking points” against Obama.
While praised by “birther conspirators”, reactions from mainstream commentators were negative. Her performance was criticized as a “desperate audition for a primetime job at Fox News”, considered a partisan stunt after she gave a soft interview to Republican candidate John McCain and West was characterized as exhibiting conservative bias.
Barbara West Net Worth
Barbara West’s Estimated Net Worth 2019 as well as salary, primary income source, property, earnings, net wealth still under review
Barbara West Interview
After 24 years, reporter-anchor Barbara West is leaving Orlando’s WFTV. Her final day will be next Wednesday when she’ll sign off from the ABC-affiliate’s noon newscast, which she has anchored for nearly two decades.
West, 62, has seen her role with the station reduced over the past year. In September, WFTV replaced her at the 5:30 p.m. newscast with Vanessa Welch, who joined the station in 2007.
WFTV news director Bob Jordan tells the Sun-Sentinel that the move is a mutual decision. “I’ve worked with a lot of anchors around the country,” Jordan said. “She’s one of the best.”
West received national attention in 2008 when she had a surprisingly pointed exchange with then-Senator Joe Biden during the 2008 presidential campaign. In an interview with Biden via satellite, West pressed him on then-Senator Barack Obama’s connection to ACORN and then aggressively questioned him about Obama’s liberal platform. Underscoring her point with a quote from Karl Marx, West asked, “How is Senator Obama not being a Marxist if he intends to spread the wealth around?”Are you joking? Is this a joke?” Biden asked. West replied, simply, “No.” n appearance on Fox News’ “O’Reilly Factor” following the Biden exchange, West explained that she went into the interview “with the mindset that we had some serious questions and some serious issues in this country that need to be answered.”
Besides working as a weekday anchor for WFTV, West also served as a health reporter, winning an Emmy for her coverage on women battling breast cancer. Greg Warmoth, who currently anchors the station’s morning newscast with Vanessa Echols, will take over the noon anchor desk after West signs off next week.