Alisa Joyce Barba is an award-winning journalist, producer, writer and editor with 25 years experience in both network and public broadcasting. For 12 years, she served as the Western Bureau Chief for National Public Radio. She was responsible for the editorial content and production of member station reporter and staff pieces for air on NPR's All Things Considered and Morning Edition. While monitoring news in the western US, she specialized in covering border and immigration issues and won numerous awards for editing series and stories on a issues ranging from the failed "war on drugs," western water policies, and border corruption. Independent of NPR, she won the coveted Dupont Award for her work as Executive Producer of the 2001-2002 Documentary "Culture of Hate: Who Are We?". In 1997 she won the Jerry Schumacher Award for Best Program about Health Care Issues: Under the Knife: San Diego Medicine Confronts the Bottom Line. Prior to her work with NPR, Alisa was a Producer for ABC News in Beijing, covering, among other stories, the Tiananmen Square uprising. From 1989-1995 Alisa was a Producer/Reporter for MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour in New York and Washington DC. Based in San Diego, her journalism work has focused heavily on immigration, military and health care concerns. She holds a Masters Degree in Chinese History from UCSD and a BA from Middlebury College.
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