A native of Johnstown, Bernie has been a resident of State College since 2004. He is a Penn State alumnus and was named publisher in December 2018. Prior to joining Barash Media, Bernie served for 10 years as publisher of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette and is recognized as a leader in the Pennsylvania newspaper industry. Bernie has championed the cause of a free press and has lobbied for greater government transparency and public Right-to-Know laws. His 25-year newspaper career includes nearly 12 years in Somerset with Schurz Communications at Daily American and 14 years with Ogden Newspapers at Lewistown Sentinel, Altoona Mirror and Williamsport Sun-Gazette. He is a lifelong drummer and percussionist and endorses Ludwig Drums. Bernie and his wife, Diane, share their home with three rescue cats.