Caleb Barber covers rural issues and the state legislature in Mitchell, South Dakota for the Mitchell Republic/Forum News Service. Barber was an associate editor and reporter at the Daily Emerald, the University of Oregon’s flagship independent student newspaper, where he covered issues pertaining to the city of Eugene, Lane County and the UO at large. Barber interned at the Eugene Weekly, where he covered city government of Eugene, Board of Education elections for Lane Community College. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication with minors in English and Legal Studies.
Beat: Rural issues and the South Dakota Legislature
This reporter covers South Dakota Legislature and politics at a time when Gov. Kristi Noem is being mentioned as a potential 2024 presidential candidate. In the off months, the reporter roams undercovered areas to tell stories about the rural economy, healthcare and tribal and immigrant communities. These workers are a major part of the agriculture and meatpacking industries.