Barbara Barrett

Barbara Barrett

Barbara Barrett is the managing editor of Stateline. Before joining Pew, Barrett was national editor at McClatchy’s Washington bureau, where she worked with reporters covering Congress and the federal government for the chain’s 30 newsrooms around the country, including the Miami Herald, The Kansas City Star and The Sacramento Bee. She previously was the Washington correspondent and state roving reporter for The News & Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina, and has worked as a reporter or editor for the York (Pennsylvania) Daily Record, the Tampa Bay (Florida) Times and the Battle Creek (Michigan) Enquirer. Her work includes coverage of state and local policy, veterans affairs, rural issues, immigration, occasional sports events and a lot of hurricanes. She covered the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and was part of the team at The N&O that was a finalist for the Pulitzer for its coverage of Hurricane Floyd. Barrett is a native of North Carolina and a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Smithfield Foods in Sioux Falls, as seen on Nov. 21, 2022.

China owns little US farmland, but many lawmakers are worried

By: - March 14, 2023

WASHINGTON — Nearly a third of states have laws prohibiting certain foreign businesses and governments from buying agricultural lands within their borders, and more states are looking to join them. The efforts in at least 11 states are pitched primarily by Republicans as another security front in the nation’s ongoing propaganda battles, primarily with China and Russia. Many lawmakers […]