Barbara taught college-level communications classes before turning to broadcast news in 1979. She anchored the 10 p-m newscast and the award winning "Live at Five" newscast for seventeen years, before turning her focus to investigative journalism. Barbara has won numerous regional, state and federal awards for her investigative reports. In 2006 The National Academy of Television honored Barbara with their highest honor "The Silver Circle Award" for her on-going, significant, contributions to journalism. In 2007 Barbara won "The Marsh Nelson Award" from Grandma's Marathon, for her contributions to this event and to her community.
Barbara's investigative reports have had a significant impact on her community and state. Among the stories for which Barbara has won awards was a 1989 visit to the USSR. Barbara brought back ground-breaking reports on the break-up of the Soviet Union and the new freedoms for the people. A 1993 investigation into faulty General Motors vehicles forced an international re-call of thousands of dangerous vehicles. An investigation into a northland half-way house uncovered dangerous corruption and mismanagement and resulted in a complete overhaul of the program. Regional Law enforcement agencies publicly thanked Barbara for exposing the problems and making the community safer; and a series of reports about convenience store employee safety led Minnesota legislators to make sweeping changes in the law.
Barbara says "I feel strongly that my place as a journalist is to shine light on things that are hurting people so that change can be affected".
Barbara is also very active in her community, volunteering as a dance teacher and playing in a marching band. She also donates a great deal of time to numerous educational and fundraising efforts. She is a marathoner and can often be seen training on her home turf, Park Point. She has been married to Duluth attorney Steve Reyelts for more than three decades. Barbara and Steve have three children, David, Eilidh and Erianna.
In late 2006 Barbara, a Canadian Citizen, proudly became a naturalized American Citizen.