Broadcast Pioneers member Donald Barnhouse
Broadcast Pioneers Luncheon
Bala Golf Club, Philadelphia
Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Broadcast Pioneers member Donald Barnhouse brings to his discussion of issues a background of extraordinary variety. In childhood, he studied at schools in four different countries, and finished high school at the age of twelve. He went on to Harvard and earned a degree in Mathematics. He holds graduate degrees in theology from Princeton, and in Political Science from Villanova University.

His work experience is equally varied, including periods earning his living as a farmhand, gas station attendant, shipyard welder, factory worker, church musician, Math teacher, manager of a small business, and personal research assistant for Billy Graham.

The Facenda Big News
Donald Barnhouse is on the top row, second from the left
circa 1967

He first became well known in the greater Philadelphia area through his nine years as News Analyst for CBS on Channel 10. He started at WCAU-TV in 1960 writing and producing news and public affairs programming. In 1962, he went on the air doing commentaries. That gig ended in 1972.

In 1976, Barnhouse turned to college teaching, and he has taught courses in Journalism, Writing, and Political Science at Drexel University and Eastern College. In 1980, Donald became pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Bridgeport, Pennsylvania.

Donald Barnhouse has traveled widely, spending a total of seven years living and studying among peoples of other cultures, picking up a working knowledge of five languages and visiting 48 nations. His most recent trip was to India earlier this year.

While serving as pastor of the church in Bridgeport, he has written a book on teaching Math for home school mothers, two books on the growth of Christianity in India, and most recently a book called "How Nice IS God?" which is looking for a publisher. He can also be seen on the news nightly on WFMZ-TV, channel 69 in Allentown, doing 45 second responses to comments by the station’s owner. On Friday evening, November 16, 2012, Donald Barnhouse was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame.

A WCAU Radio Press Release about Don Barnhouse

From the official archives of the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia
Top ohoto originally donated by Broadcast Pioneers member Jerry Klein
Graphic originally donated by Broadcast Pioneers historian Gerry Wilkinson
Bio originally donated by Broadcast Pioneers member Donald Barnhouse

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