Channing Barker is the senior reporter for KNWA and FOX24 News. Her reports run exclusively in the 9:00 p.m. show on FOX24 and the 10:00 p.m. show on KNWA News. She focuses on political and investigative news pieces for the station, advocating for NWA in all situations.
Channing became a resident of Northwest Arkansas as a freshman at the University in 2007, where she went on to graduate with degrees in broadcast journalism and political science in 2012. She is a proud Razorback alumnus who was once named the most spirited Hog during campus Homecoming celebrations.
She joined the KNWA team prior to graduation as a producer, but knew reporting was her true passion and eagerly awaited the opportunity to join the on-air team. She had participated in KNWA's internship program during college, as well as public policy internships in Washington, D.C. and New York City. After working in the field and telling the stories across NWA, Channing took the position as FOX24 News At 7. In September 2016, Channing moved to nights where she currently works on stories impacting our community; that can be ballot issues or investigating a spree of crime.
The variety of story opportunities each day is what challenges and inspires her. She especially enjoys meeting people in the community and hearing "their story," as she believes everyone has something unique and valuable to offer others. She hopes to be the conduit to positive change and bring awareness of issues of importance to the KNWA audience.
Originally from Northeast Oklahoma, she has a great appreciation for the beauty and culture of Northwest Arkansas. She has a large family throughout Oklahoma and Texas, and includes her close friends - and pets - under the category of family as well.
Channing fosters dogs through Spay Arkansas and ended up keeping her dog, Benny, after fostering him for a bit. Havenwood in Bentonville and Humane Society of the Ozarks are causes close to Channing's heart. She is the co-chair for the Government Relations Council for Arkansas for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Channing also is on the NWA Community Leadership Council for Single Parent Scholarship Fund. Channing also received the 2016 Hope Award from the National MS Society in Arkansas. As the 2009 recipient of the Pinnacle Award in Tulsa as a 'Rising Star' from the Mayor's Council, Channing hopes to give back to her community as much as possible.
In her free time, Channing enjoys following politics, watching crime shows, hockey and comedies, and - not surprisingly - calling the Hogs!