Joseph Fels Barnes
Barnes worked on staff in the Soviet Union and China at the Institute of Pacific Relations from 1932 to 1934. He was a journalist for the New York Herald Tribune based in Moscow, Berlin, and New York from 1934 to 1948. That was interrupted by service as director of the Office of War Information overseas branch and Voice of America radio show (1941-1944).
Whittaker Chambers, confessed former Communist courier, said that a Red leader in 1937 told him that Joseph Barnes, a member of the faculty of Sarah Lawrence College, was a member of a Communist underground cell in New York. Mr. Chambers identified his informant as J. Peters... Mr. Barnes, former foreign editor of the New York Herald Tribune and former secretary of the American Institute of Pacific Relations who is now an editor of Simon & Schuster, New York publishers, denied the accusation – as he has on three previous occasions....
Personal life and death
He died of cancer in New York City.
- "Reminiscences of Joseph Fels Barnes : oral history, 1953". WorldCat. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
- "Chambers Labels Barnes a Red and Receives a Prompt Denial" (PDF). Herald Statesment. 17 August 1951. Retrieved 13 May 2012.