Barbara Raab works on the Creativity and Free Expression team. She has focused on the development and support of high-quality, principled reporting in the United States, with an emphasis on social justice, a diversity of voices, and press freedoms. Her work has helped foster new and innovative models of reporting, as well as building and sustaining centers of journalistic excellence.
Before joining the foundation in 2014, Barbara was a senior member of the editorial leadership team at NBC News. As senior newswriter for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, she covered every major news story over a period of 15 years and shared in journalism’s highest awards and honors. In 2013, she served as senior producer for In Plain Sight, NBC News’ Ford-funded multiplatform reporting effort on poverty in the United States, a project that was honored with the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award.
Since 2008, Barbara has been an adjunct associate professor and coach at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She is a longtime volunteer leader in nonprofit and community organizations and a frequent moderator and public speaker. She earned her juris doctor degree from New York University School of Law and her bachelor’s degree from Brown University, where she is a member of the Pembroke Center Associates Council at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women.