MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- After 30 years in the Memphis television spotlight, Claudia Barr has announced plans to retire. During Monday’s 10 p.m. news, she made a short and sweet announcement about moving on to the next chapter in her life.
Claudia helped lead WREG to the top of the local TV ratings race. A Memphis native, she brought a depth of knowledge to covering uniquely Memphis stories like the recent Black Lives Matter march where protesters closed down the Hernando DeSoto Bridge. Viewers often commented on seeing her human reaction to the stories she covered. One of the most memorable moments in recent years—when Claudia scolded criminals live on the air for stealing a child’s wheelchair, and told them to, “BRING. IT. BACK!”
“It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 11 years since I joined the News Channel 3 family, Barr said. “It’s been such a pleasure working among professionals who take their jobs very seriously, but not themselves. It was exhilarating when viewers responded to our efforts and pushed us to number one in this very competitive market. I’ll miss my news family, and of course all of you, my extended family.”
WREG’s Bruce Moore said, “As a News Director, you’re not supposed to have favorites, but Claudia is right up there. She brings a warmth to the TV screen that is real, because she’s just as kind and sincere off-camera. Her genuine hope for a better Memphis showed in every story she covered, and every newscast she anchored.”
WREG President and General Manager Ron Walter has known Claudia the longest. “I must confess that she and I go all the way back to high school days at Booker T. Washington High School. Even then, she was dearly loved for her great character, disarming wit, and good grace. She was overwhelmingly elected Miss BTW. She even made history while in high school, as she was among the first group of black students invited to integrate the Cotton Carnival Ball for High School Royalty. Throughout life, whether on WREG or any other station, Claudia has been a marvelous exemplar of the best of humanity. WREG was lucky to have her consummate professionalism for more than a decade. We will miss her and wish her the very best.”
Claudia will continue to anchor the 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 10 p.m. newscasts through the end of November. Her successor has not been named.
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