Peter Barnes

(434) 293-7783 peter(at)

P.O. Box 2784, Charlottesville, VA 22902




Freelance Journalist – Charlottesville, Va., and Houston


2008 – present

My clients include national magazines, newspapers, trade journals and websites. While living

in Texas, I wrote frequently for Houston magazine and authored a weekly column on outdoor

sports for I contribute regularly to C-Ville, a Charlottesville newspaper.


The Spokesman-ReviewSpokane, Wash.


May 2005 - November 2007

As the Spokane Valley city government reporter, I contributed investigative stories, features

and breaking news in addition to my beat reporting.


Fall 2004

I worked as a congressional correspondent for the Spokesman-Review and the

Columbia Missourian through the University of Missouri's Washington Program.


The Associated PressAlbuquerque, N.M.


Winter 2005

As a legislative relief reporter, I covered breaking news, state government and features.


Post RegisterIdaho Falls, Idaho


Summer 2003

My internship allowed me to cover a range of stories from the paper’s Rexburg bureau.


Columbia Missourian


Spring 2003

I covered local government for the 8,000-circulation daily operated by the journalism school.


Spring 2004

I also worked as a news section copy editor.


Additional college experience


Contributions to the MU Student News and The Maneater newspapers

Three years as a graphic designer for the Associated Students of

  the University of Missouri

Intern for the Legwatch bill-tracking service in the Missouri legislature, 2001





University of Missouri - Columbia


Bachelor’s in journalism cum laude, fall 2004


SKills and Honors



Computer-assisted reporting, including database analysis and GIS basics

Experience with Access, Excel, ArcView, QuarkXPress, Photoshop,

  CCI Europe and news blogging

Spokesman-Review Rewards and Recognitions program, 2006

Investigative Reporters and Editors membership and recent training

Past vice president of the MU Society of Professional Journalists chapter

University of Missouri dean's list





Jeff Jordan: Former Valley editor and direct supervisor, The Spokesman-Review

Steve Smith: Executive editor, The Spokesman Review

Wes Pippert: Director, Missouri School of Journalism Washington Program

Dr. Charles Davis: Assistant professor, Missouri School of Journalism

(Please call me for contact information.)