Many of our days have begun in the company of Barry Bernson, 69. He recently retired as news anchor for WDRB’s Fox in the Morning, and before that he was anchor for WHAS’s Good Morning Kentuckiana. Barry is also the author of Bernson’s Corner: A Reporter’s Notebook and has narrated more than 600 audio books for Louisville’s American Printing House for the Blind.
What was the first news event that made an impression on you?
The Korean War. I can still remember watching Douglas Edwards on CBS evening news talking about Panmunjom (site of the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement). And the coronation of Queen Elizabeth.
What drives you?
Storytelling. I have been lucky to make a living telling stories for 50 years. My latest project is a documentary, A History of Kentucky in 25 Objects, which is scheduled to air on KET in November.
What does it take to survive in one’s career?
You have to be good at what you do. You have to balance what you want to do with what management wants you to do. You can push the envelope so you can sleep at night, but if you work for other people, know that you have to please them.
What piece of advice has served you well?
Put the toilet seat down.
What is the biggest issue facing America today?
In the large view, we seem to have forgotten how to care for, and about, one another.
What is still on your bucket list?
Attend a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park.
Read more about Barry in our fall issue.
Interview by Lucy M. Pritchett
Photo by Melissa Donald