Sïonan Barrett joined the NewsWatch12 team in November 2016. Her first name is pronounced "Shannon," and its spelling comes from the old Irish language called Gaelic.
She grew up in southern California and moved across the country to earn her bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
During her collegiate career, she spent time with WGGB- TV in Springfield, MA and worked as an anchor/reporter for UVC- TV 19, the campus’ only student-run television station.
In 2013, she traveled to Boston as a student reporter after the Boston Marathon Bombings. There she understood the great responsibility journalists have to report and share fair, accurate, and timely information with a community.
As a former student government president at a large university, Sïonan understands the importance of building relationships to find new information so it can be shared with the people affected. She believes journalism should have a “watchdog” function to hold those in power accountable for their actions and promises, and that’s the mindset she brings into work every day.
When Sïonan isn’t reporting, she can be found trying out new recipes from Tasty and watching her favorite TV shows. Sïonan has a passion for traveling, politics, and wine- and she can’t wait to get to know the southern Oregon community.
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