Jody Barr Biography/Wiki
Jody Barr is a skilled American Journalist who is currently working at WJZY, Queen City News as a Chief Investigative Reporter. He joined Queen City News in June 2021 after returning home to the Carolinas.
Jody Barr Age
How old is Barr? He is around 50 years as of 2022. His age is not available now; research is ongoing, and this information will be updated soon.
Jody Barr Education
He attended the University of South Carolina’s journalism school and started working in the Myrtle Beach-Florence market at WBTW’s Lumberton, NC bureau in 2006.
Jody Barr Height|Weight
Barr stands on an average height of 5 Feet 4 inches and weighs around 70kgs.
Jody Barr Family
Barr was born and raised in the United State. However, he has not revealed information regarding his family members, this information is currently under review and will be updated soon.
Jody Barr Wife
Barr is a married man. He has not disclosed any further information concerning his wife. However, This information is under review and will be updated as soon as it is available.
Jody Barr Children
They are blessed with two daughters. Barr has not disclosed any further information concerning his daughters. However, This information is under review and will be updated as soon as it is available.
Jody Barr Career
Barr was born and raised in Hartsville, SC. He attended the University of South Carolina’s journalism school and started working in the Myrtle Beach-Florence market at WBTW’s Lumberton, NC bureau in 2006. Later on, after some months, he was promoted to senior reporter and investigator for WBTW’s headquarters in Myrtle Beach.
While in Myrtle Beach Jody broke investigations into the state’s failures to ensure sex offenders were tracked after their release from prison and the attempted cover-up of a distemper outbreak at the Horry County Animal Shelter that led to dozens of dogs being euthanized – even after being adopted to families.
He joined WIS TV in Columbia as the station’s investigative reporter in June 2009. While there, he led the station’s investigative unit, worked as Raycom Media’s State House reporter turning reports for stations in SC, NC, and GA, and broke more than 100 investigations into public corruption from state and local officials. The South Carolina Association of Broadcasters awarded Bar its 2013 South Carolina Reporter of the Year, the association’s highest honor for a broadcast reporter, and the state’s best investigative reporter award in 2013 for an investigative series that uncovered a sheriff, senator, and Lexington City Councilman’s ties to an illegal video gaming ring operating out of Lexington County.
His 2013 investigation into then-SC House Speaker Bobby Harrell’s campaign finance spending ended with the former Speaker resigning from office in 2016 and pleading guilty to six counts of misusing campaign funds for his personal benefit. Barr accepted a promotion to lead Raycom Media’s investigative efforts at WIS TV’s sister station in Cincinnati in June 2014. During his three years there, Barr uncovered dozens of government waste and corruption investigations and exposed a county sheriff’s failure to secure evidence in the state’s largest unsolved murder investigation where eight members of a family were murdered in a single night.
His work in Ohio exposed a fire chief’s fabrication of fire and a welding company’s use of fraudulent welding certifications on taxpayer-funded construction projects, and the city of Cincinnati’s failures to collect $13 million in taxpayer loans from businesses that never repaid the loans. In July 2017, Barr accepted an investigative reporter position at Nexstar’s NBC affiliate in Austin, TX. His first TX investigation uncovered 60 TX cities’ failure to follow state law before installing red-light cameras and using the cameras to collect more than $500 million in fines.
His work in TX also uncovered the chair of the Texas Railroad Commission’s financial ties to energy companies it regulates. Barr’s investigation uncovered mineral interests belonging to the chairwoman, Christy Craddick, and her father, Rep. Tom Craddick, on oil wells the pair benefited from financially. That investigation led to Jody and his team being awarded the 2019 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism at the National Press Club in Washington, DC 2019.
He won two Emmy awards, for being an Investigative Reporter and Editors Medalist Finalist, won multiple Headliners Foundation awards, a Society of Professional Journalists First Amendment Award winner, and a 2020 Edward R. Murrow Award for exposing how TX police officers accused of crimes using their badges to avoid prison while in TX. Prior to working in news, Barr worked as a chassis fabricator and welder building Late Model Stock Cars at two racing shops in Florence, SC. He worked on a NASCAR Busch Series team based in Timmonsville, SC in 2003 and 2004. From 1998 through 2008, Jody owned and raced street stocks and built his own late-model stock car, and raced at local asphalt tracks in NC, SC, VA, TN, and GA.
Barr’s passion is exposing government corruption and government officials who waste taxpayer dollars and always welcome tips. During his leisure time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, welding, working on his ’67 GMC truck, learning to play a Telecaster like Waylon Jennings and fiddle like Jason Roberts, and running down the next news investigation.
Jody Barr Salary/Net Worth
Barr has an estimated salary ranging between $70,000 – $125,000 and has an estimated net worth of $1 Million -$5 Million which he earns from his broadcasting career.
Jody Barr Social Media Platforms
Barr is very active on all social media accounts and he is often seen posting on his platforms. He has over 4.6k followers on Twitter, 3.1k followers on Facebook, and 7.2 k followers on Instagram.