Tom Barnes (American journalist)

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Tom Barnes
Born(1946-09-01)September 1, 1946
DiedOctober 11, 2016(2016-10-11) (aged 70)
EducationUniversity of Michigan
University of Missouri
Notable credit(s)
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tom Barnes (September 1, 1946 – October 11, 2016) was an American journalist, who worked for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as Harrisburg Bureau Chief.[1]

Barnes, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, earned a B.A. degree from University of Michigan and a M.A. in journalism from University of Missouri.[1] Following graduation, he worked for The Hartford Courant for 10 years.[1] He began working at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 1984, where he has covered Pittsburgh Mayors Richard Caliguiri and Sophie Masloff before taking the "development beat" in the mid-1990s, to cover the construction of Heinz Field, PNC Park, the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, and neighborhood development issues.[1] In 2003, he was assigned to the Harrisburg Bureau Chief.[1]

In 2005, he was named one of "Pennsylvania's Most Influential Reporters" by the Pennsylvania political news website PoliticsPA.[2]

In 2014, he and his wife Beth moved to Tucson, Arizona. He died at home on October 11, 2016, from prostate cancer at the age of 70.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e Barnes, Tom (July 19, 2009). "Pa. House prayer rejected over 'Jesus'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  2. ^ "Pennsylvania's Most Influential Reporters". PoliticsPA. 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-01-09.
  3. ^ "Obituary: Tom Barnes / Workhorse veteran PG reporter". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2016-10-15.