A familiar face at Fox News will soon be leaving the top-rated network for one of its competitors.
The Daily Caller reported Tuesday that journalist Ellison Barber will be leaving Fox to head over to NBC News, where she will be an international and breaking news reporter.
Barber, who is currently based out of Washington, according to the Daily Caller, has been with Fox for three years. She has provided coverage for everything from the 2020 presidential campaign trail to the Venezuelan protests to the refugee crisis in South America.
“She has been at the heart of investigative stories around the globe, from the District of Columbia to Colombia,” Janelle Rodriguez, the senior vice president of editorials for NBC News, wrote in an internal memo announcing the move on Tuesday, according to the Daily Caller.
She’s leaving Fox
Barber will contribute breaking news coverage to a range of NBC News properties, including MSNBC, NBC News Now, Today, NBC Nightly News and more.
Once the coronavirus pandemic subsides and travel restrictions are eased, Barber will reportedly move to New York City. Until then, according to Deadline, Barber will be working remotely for the network.
In her company memo, Rodriguez pointed to Barber’s move as part of an effort by NBC “to build upon our robust resources and increase our collaboration across our vast NBC News properties,” Adweek reported.
We are excited to welcome @ellisonbarber to the @NBCNews and @MSNBC family as our newest correspondent covering international and domestic breaking news. We look forward to seeing you soon, Ellison! pic.twitter.com/vB6QPubxWF
— MSNBC Public Relations (@MSNBCPR) April 7, 2020
NBC gains a real journalist
Prior to joining Fox News, Barber was a general assignment reporter for WUSA, the CBS affiliate in the D.C. area, according to Variety. While there, she worked on what Deadline described as “a five-part investigative series on missing savings bonds, in which she traveled to states to return them to their rightful owners.”
She has also made appearances on TheBlaze.
All in all, Barber is an excellent reporter with a reputation for asking tough but fair questions, and Fox’s loss will definitely be NBC’s gain.
Hopefully, the reporter will retain her journalistic integrity through the switch to NBC. The network certainly could use the assistance.