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About Barry Paris

Sunday, September 17, 2000

Barry Paris is a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette film critic and author and co-host/critic of the WQED-FM Sunday Arts Magazine. Over two decades, he has won multiple awards for cultural and investigative reporting and biography.

Paris' Louise Brooks and Garbo were published in 1989 & 1995 by Alfred A. Knopf. Among his biographical projects is a life of Franklin Pierce, the fourteenth president, and a Profile of Marcia Davenport for The New Yorker.

Paris was a PG critic/reporter from 1980-1986, feature editor of The Miami Herald from 1979-1980, editor-publisher of the award-winning Prairie Journal of Wichita, Kansas, from 1972-1974, and co-creator of NPR station WQED-FM's award-winning Sunday Arts Magazine (1981-present). His awards include the National Sunday Magazine Editors' Best Feature (1993), Pa. Association of Broadcasters (1987), Pennsylvania Press Association's Best Cultural Story (1982), and three Women-in-Media Matrix Awards (1980, 1981, 1993). After an absence of a decade, he has recently rejoined the Post-Gazette as a film critic.

Paris is a 1969 graduate of Columbia University and of the Institute for the Study of the USSR in Munich, where he wrote Russian Cinema and the Soviet Film Industry, one of the first thorough surveys on that subject. He is fluent in Russian, Czech Spanish and Ukrainian, and a translator of the plays of Chekhov.

He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with his wife, the opera singer and musical-theater actress Myrna Paris, and their two faultless children, Merica and Wyoming Benjamin Paris III.



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