Jeffrey Barbee is an award-winning film producer and multimedia journalist working in environmental and social reporting. His documentary Creating A Climate For Change appeared around the world in radio, television, web and print. It won best environmental film at the Film Festival of Colorado and has been selected for the Princeton Environmental Film Festival in February 2013, The AreDay Film Festival in Aspen, Colorado and the Sustain Our Africa Film Festival in Cape Town.
He is the founder of Alliance Earth, an independent not-for-profit reporting initiative that delivers news on pressing environmental topics.
Barbee has been assigned to hundreds of different projects by dozens of different television stations, newspapers, magazines, NGOs and governments. In 2004 he was chosen by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to work in video reportage, creating photojournalism and television for the PBS television network in the USA.
Although working for LinkTV, Global Post and the UK Guardian, Barbee is still a freelance photographer, writer, TV producer and videographer. In the three years from 2009 and 2012, his work was commissioned by the following newspapers, television stations and magazines: The Guardian, The Telegraph, Le Monde, Elle (France), GEO, National Geographic Traveller, The Times, The LA Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, Global Post, NRC Handelsblad, Newsweek, and BA Magazine. For non-governmental work, he was commissioned to document the Media In Information Trust (MiET) throughout southern Africa, the Irish Government's assistance arm, Irish Aid, the World Bank, and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). His television work was featured on NOS TV, RTL (Netherlands), TV4 (Sweden), PBS (USA), CBS (USA), and LinkTV.
In 2011, LinkTV in the United States invited Barbee to present and produce television content as their correspondent in Africa. He has produced dozens of short features and two documentaries, shown nationwide to 6.7 million viewers in 2013. He continues to be their correspondent in Africa.
In 2008, Barbee was selected as the Africa at Large reporter for Global Post, one of the largest international news resellers in the United States, a position he holds to this day. His work with Global Post has appeared on television and the web through the networks CBS, ABC, the Huffington Post, PBS and many others. His photography and print stories appeared in more than sixteen different newspapers and magazines.
From 2005 to present Barbee has been the Guardian Newspaper (UK) Photographer and multimedia journalist for southern Africa, including assignments in Kenya, Congo DRC, Rwanda, Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
From 2006 to the present Barbee has been a video-journalist and producer for NOS TV Holland, the national news channel of Holland. His work with Bram Vermeulen in Zimbabwe in 2008 led to the prestigious Journalist of the Year Award in the Netherlands.
From 2004 to 2007 Barbee was a photojournalist for the New York Times, covering the continent of Africa. He completed more than twenty five assignments in eight different countries. He had nine front page stories published on environmental and human rights topics.
Barbee's reporting on Zimbabwe has been commissioned by: Vanity Fair, Newsweek, Time Magazine, The Guardian, and The Times (London), and his television reporting has won acclaim for his numerous features on the PBS news hour World Focus and Frontline. He reported in radio with National Public Radio (NPR) throughout 2008 and produced 14 award-winning television news stories with journalist Bram Vermeulen for NOS TV Holland.
1997 to 2004
Barbee worked with Black Star Photographic Agency. His work was commissioned by the Economist, Newsweek, The Chicago tribune, The Washington Post, Business Week and in books and other magazines. Before that Barbee was a coordinator for UNESCO in Southern Africa, based in Windhoek, Namibia. He created images of the UN's peace-time presence in the region and worked in conjunction with civil society NGO's to help marginalized youth and women communicate through the medium of photography.
1991 to 1994
Undergraduate degree coursework in Climatology and Glaciology at the University of Idaho, Moscow Idaho, and the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Spent four field seasons on the Juneau Ice-field Research Program.
Intern with Janie Bennett at Photographers Aspen, a Photography Collective owned by four National Geographic Photographers. He was the assistant to National Geographic photographer David Hiser.