The Roanoker - May/June 2015 - 98
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Barbara Gibbs: Doing Well in Raleigh
The former Channel 10 anchor is apparently not eager to talk about it, however.
BARBARA GIBBS' IGNOMINIOUS and still
officially unexplained firing as news co-anchor at
WSLS TV in Roanoke remains a fringe mystery.
So, mysterious, in fact, that she obviously
does not want to talk about it 15 years later. A
number of efforts to reach her at ABC11 Eyewitness News in Raleigh, N.C., fell on deaf ears, but
some facts are clear. It appears most likely that
she was fired for her pose on the cover of The
Roanoker that year, and she has recovered quite
well, thank you.
In an October, 2014 column, Roanoke Times
media correspondent Ralph Berrier talked of
the "provocative pose" by Barbara Gibbs on a
2000 Roanoker cover (featured in October as part
of a 40th anniversary display of the magazine's
covers) and Wikipedia mentions her being "dismissed" by NewsChannel 10 "for reasons that
were never specified." The entry discusses several
of the station's firings that "generated a great deal
It appears most likely
that she was fired for
her pose on the cover
of The Roanoker that
year, and she has
recovered quite well,
of negative publicity for the station."
Gibbs, who was immensely popular in this
market during her two years as co-anchor of the
6 and 11 newscasts at Channel 10, wasn't unemployed for long. She latched on with ABC 11 Eyewitness News in Raleigh, N.C., in 2001 and these
days is anchor of the morning and noon news.
Gibbs was replaced briefly at WSLS by Karen
McNew, who recently left to take a position at
Carilion Clinic. McNew, at the time of the Gibbs
firing, was morning anchor and three years later
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Raleigh news anchor Barbara Gibbs' Roanoker cover in 2000 has been described as "provocative."
became co-anchor with John Carlin at 6 p.m.
Gibbs won an Emmy in 2008 for the story
"Homeless Singers," and has since been nominated for another.
She is deeply involved in Raleigh's Jimmy V
Celebrity Golf Tournament, which benefits cancer.
The Raleigh station where she works reaches
a million households in a 23-county area of
North Carolina and Virginia and does 33 hours
of news a week.
Gibbs, a Memphis native who grew up in
Mobile, Alabama, is noted for her devotion to
Auburn University football. She is an Auburn
grad and visits family in Alabama regularly. She
lives in Durham with her Maltese cat, Sophie.