Community TV Manager, Barbara Barrow-Murray, a second generation African-American born in Boston, MA of an African-Canadian mother and a Barbadian-American father is a public television broadcast veteran and multiple Emmy award winner. During her youth, Barbara performed as a dancer throughout Greater Boston and in much of New England with the Elma Lewis Dance Company in the 1960’s and early 70’s. With encouragement from her mentor Elma Lewis, Barbara’s creative expression broadened to include a career in television.
In 1972, Barrow-Murray was successful in securing a position on one of the first and longest running black public affairs programs in the country, “Say Brother” at WGBH. While at WGBH, Barbara received her BA in Mass Communications from the University of Massachusetts Boston. During Barrow-Murray’s career she has had the pleasure of working with such notables as Maya Angelou, Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan, Dr. Alvin Poussaint, Shirley Chisholm, Dick Gregory, Webster Lewis, Noel Pointer, Randy Weston, Muhammad Ali, Duke Ellington, Betty Carter, Nell Carter, Christoph St. John, Lou Gossett Jr., Clint Eastwood, Sammy Davis Jr. and Sidney Poitier.
Since coming to BNN Barrow-Murray has trained more than 550 BNN studio production students, many of whom have moved on into broadcast careers and have become multi-media award winners in their own right. Also among Barrow-Murray’s many accomplishments, receipt of the Women of Color Image Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award from City of Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and mothering a successful adult son.
In her own words...
When and Why BNN: In 2001 I was free lancing for the City of Boston Parks and Recreations Dept. writing grants and directing a theatre company, and they sent me to visit Curtis Henderson at BNN and he asked me what I was doing and it took off from there.
Favorite Hobby: Traveling
Motto/Favorite Quote: “On your way up, reach down, and don’t pick just take the next one up”
Favorite TV Show: The Good Wife
Who would play Monique in a movie of her life? Sorry, I saw the actress in a movie about a year ago, but I cannot remember her name