Early life and education
Simpson was born Barbara Allan in New York City and raised in Ocean County, New Jersey; her father was a Croatian immigrant. Simpson graduated from Georgian Court College with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1958 and later earned a Master of Arts degree from Michigan State University.
Simpson was an assistant professor and chair of the textiles and clothing department at Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles and was on the faculty of a similar department at Michigan State University.
Coast to Coast AM and KSFO (AM)
Barbara Simpson was a prominent television news anchor in San Francisco (KTVU, Channel 2, in Oakland, KQED, Channel 9; and KOFY-TV Channel 20) and Los Angeles from the late 1970s through the 1990s. She was the Public Relations Director for The Cousteau Society where Simpson worked with Captain Jacques Cousteau, coordinating media and the worldwide petition campaign.
Simpson was notably the host of Coast to Coast AM on Saturday nights from 2000 until 2003, alternating with George Noory. She was also a long-time host of her own show on San Francisco talk radio station KSFO (AM). She occasionally hosted Coast to Coast AM on other nights as well. As a substitute for the show's founder and current weekend host, Art Bell, Simpson was known for her conservative political views. As of 2006[update], she writes a commentary column titled The Babe In The Bunker — referring to her status as a conservative in famously liberal San Francisco — for the conservative online news site WorldNetDaily.
Until May 3, 2014, when her show was abruptly canceled, Simpson was on KSFO Saturdays and Sundays with frequent weekday fill-in appearances.
In late October 2014, Simpson's daughter Patricia was arrested and charged with felony elder abuse.
- 2007 Golden Microphone-Excellence in Broadcasting Award
- Eagle Forum of California
- The "Golden Medallion," from the California State Bar, for TV reports
- TV Woman of the Year, NoCa, American Women in Radio and Television
- Kudo Award for her KSFO program
- National Commission on Working Women, Peninsula Press Club, Oakland Business and Professional Women * B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation League.
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77-year-old Barbara Simpson, a former KSFO radio talk host and news anchor for KTVU and KQED
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