Profile Updated: August 8, 2017
Residing In: Atlanta, GA USA
Spouse/Partner: Donald S. Barash
Occupation: Independent Journalist/Film Maker
Children: Max A. Barash, born 1976, graduated from GHS 1995

So far it's been an amazing ride!
The latest milestone was a very close brush with cancer. I went it for a routine colonoscopy on September 1, 2015 and was told I had a mass in my large intestine that was likely cancer and had to come out. There is a history of colon cancer in my family, so I had been having regular colonoscopies every 7 years or so and thank goodness I had.

I had the surgery on October 19 at Northside Hospital and am very relieved and happy to say it WAS Stage 1 colon cancer but they got it all and it had not spread to the lymph nodes or any other organs. The surgeon says this means I will not need any follow-up chemo or radiation, although I am going to consult with an oncologist for my own peace of mind.

So I'm starting my 'normal' life over now and will not take even one minute for granted. I hope you all do the same, and have that colonoscopy on a regular basis, too!

Basic Bio:

I received my BS in Zoology from the University of Georgia and an MSc. in Genetics from the University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, where I was a Fulbright Scholar.

On returning to Atlanta, I spent a few years working mostly with rats and mice at Emory University School of Medicine in medical research then decided I'd rather work with people.

I took a job at the now defunct Georgia Retardation Center, a radically new (for 1972) residential facility for mentally challenged children and adults. I learned how to communicate in totally new ways on this job.

This is where I met my husband, Don, who was originally from Bronx, NY. He trained new employees in working with the mentally challenged residents.

We've been married since 1973 and have lived in Atlanta since then expcept for one year in Honolulu. Our son, Max, was born in 1976 and graduated from Grady himself in 1995.

In 1975 I started working at GA DHR with recipients of welfare; we were responsible for contacting the fathers of their children to ask them to pay child support.

In 1979 I decided on another career change which meant starting at the bottom again, this time in telelvision production. Learning on the job is the most interesting way.

I began my television career as a part-time floor director at an Atlanta NBC affiliate and within a few months moved on to CNN where I was in on the beginning of the first 24-hour cable news network in 1980.

Over my 18 – plus year career at CNN I advanced from production assistant to Senior Executive Producer, generating medical, science and technology news, features and documentaries and leading a team of journalists in award-winning programming. I left CNN in 1999 to form my own company, bbarash productions.

I am now an independent documentary maker and journalist. My company produces videos for non-profits, social service agencies and corporations, and my own independent films on issues of aging, public health and health care, racism and social justice. I shoot, write and direct stories I believe must be told.

My films, including the feature-length documentary The AIDS Chronicles – Here to Represent, have screened at film festivals around the world. I have also been awarded several journalism fellowships, which have allowed me to study and teach journalism internationally.

School Story:

It's all a blur.

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Fried Chicken and Sweet Potato Pie (excerpt)

Edna Lewis explains her approach to Southern cooking. Scott Peacock tells what he learned from his close relationship with Miss Lewis.
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Immigration Reform March - WeNeedtoStayHere

Interview wiwth one man and his family marching for immigration reform in Atlanta on May 1, 2010
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The AIDS Chronicles - Here to Represent Trailer

Cuts from a 90 minute documentary about the social and cultural impact of HIV/AIDS on the urban African American population.
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203 Days

Trailer from the CINE Eagle award-winning documentary 203 Days, a film about end-of-life issues by Bailey Barash. See entire video at
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Zilphia Horton Project Trailer

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There's Hope In Our Soul - Spiritual

On May 19, 2009, The Hope Clinic of Emory University Vaccine Center, SisterLove, Inc., and National AIDS Education and Services for Minorities (NAESM) brought together church leaders, HIV/AIDS educators and activists, Hope Clinic scientists, staff and volunteers and Metro Atlanta community members to discuss the status of HIV vaccine trials and research. This video highlights the comments and statements made on that day relating to HIV/AIDS and the issues within Black churches.
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NO RULES: The Life and Times of Joe Strain

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Joe Strain, modern day New Orleans blacksmith survives the economic downturn with his philosophy and attitude towards life, "If you have enough tools, you can build anything. "

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Idea Design Studio 30 second spot

This is bbarash productions' first commercial. Thanks to cast and crew as well as Pimsler Hoss Architects of Atlanta for the location.