What others have to say
"Having spent 13 years working directly with major broadcast television brands -- Post-Newsweek Television Stations, McGraw-Hill Broadcasting, Hearst Television, Meredith Corp, to name a few, I’ve had the pleasure of working with the highest caliber of digital content teams. In this context, I'm more than happy to offer the strongest possible recommendation for Manda Barger with regard to her digital media skills and my direct experience working with her as the WPSD website host and partner on various digital projects.
Manda is a skilled writer, editor, video editor, content creator, project manager, et al., who successfully manages a myriad of television broadcasting roles who consistently maintains a unique enthusiasm and drive to master all the technical aspects of digital media. Manda's experience includes managing projects that typically involve complex technical CMS integrations, building new and engaging display layers for online content, creating a mobile content strategy, as well as the ability to consistently and successfully own a rolling list of competing priorities. In addition, Manda displays critical leadership
qualities as she works with her team to create and deliver the highest quality of digital content to her audience.
In my broad experience with a wide range of experienced professionals working in the digital space, Manda is one of the most enthusiastic, exceptional and dedicated."
Sr. Customer Support Manager, GTxcel
"I am writing on behalf of Manda Barger, with the highest possible recommendation for your company. Manda and I have worked together closely for nearly ten years in a television newsroom, WPSD Local 6 in Paducah, which is a fast paced and intense environment. She not only can keep up with that pace, but she brings a level head to what can be a very chaotic work environment. I served as an anchor on several newscasts produced by Manda, and later worked with her in her current position as Evolving Media & Content Manager in which she heads up our digital department.
If you look at WPSD’s current website, you’ll see Manda’s influence everywhere: from design, to content, to several landing pages for specialized projects like our Wall That Heals series. Prior to Manda’s role as WPSD’s first digital manager, our website and social media pages had poor direction and branding. It’s her work that has taken those platforms to new heights, winning WPSD multiple awards for digital news coverage. I mentioned she is our first digital manager. Manda was promoted to the role and then told to run with it, given little guidance as to what was expected or needed from the position. Coming from a producer role, in which she essentially built newscasts from scratch every day, Manda had to learn the digital world. She immersed herself in the technical and creative aspects of running a website and managing a newsroom digitally. Along with Manda’s promotion from producer to digital manager, she was also put into a position that required her to manage people she once worked alongside. This can be a tough transition for many people. Manda’s personality allowed her to make that transition with ease. She is respected in the newsroom for her ability to do the job well, and to empower others to do their jobs well. That is the mark of a true leader.
Beyond her abilities as a coworker and manager, Manda is just a solid person. I honestly write this with sadness, because I don’t want to lose her in our newsroom, both as a work peer and as a close friend. Watching how she’s grown professionally has been a privilege. She’s made me a better journalist. It’s also fair to say that I feel like a better version of myself when I’m with her. I mentioned her ability to empower others, and that is so true. Both in her professional and personal life she strives to be her best, and to help others be their best. Your team will benefit tremendously if she’s added to it.
Thank you so much for your consideration. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you’d like to talk further."
News Anchor, WPSD-TV
"Please accept this letter as a recommendation for Manda Barger for your company. I met Manda a couple of years ago after she was recommended for the newly formed American Red Cross Purchase Area Community Advisory Board. I was told that Manda was very detailed, responsible and organized. All the things we needed for the board. Well, when I met her, she more than exceeded my expectations.
Manda has deep roots in the Red Cross through her family but she has made her own roots in our Chapter. Manda has been more than willing to help with just about every project we have had since becoming a board member. She has made sure that everything was in place and everyone knew their place!
Manda has led the charge for the past several years for our part in BBQ on the River, our largest chapter fundraiser. Her organization skills and attention to detail were put to the test as she helped lead the team to fill 120 time slots over event. Each year was a rousing success and in large part to Manda.
Manda has been a blessing to our 24-county chapter and the advisory board where she is now the Vice Chair. To just say she takes pride in the work she does is really an understatement.
While, we will really miss Manda, I know that she excited for the next chapter in her life. She has been an asset to the Red Cross and I know she would be for you, too. I would be more than happy to provide more information if you need it. Please feel free to call me at 270-683-2438 or email me at evelyn.miller@Redcross.org."
Executive Director, Western Kentucky Chapter
American Red Cross
"I've had the privilege of working alongside Manda Barger in her role as a Producer as well as Evolving Media and Content Manager at WPSD-TV. As it was my first reporting job following college graduation, I was green to say the least. I credit Manda with equipping me with the skills and confidence needed to learn the job.
Two words, in my opinion, best describe her: friendly and creative. On a "slow news day," she'd always find a way to make the first block of news exciting for the folks at home. As a manager, Manda worked to ensure we met our daily goals and had the tools to make them happen. Manda leads by example. When an employee on our team was unable to make it into work, she'd immediately step-up to help get the news of the day out quickly and correctly. She also conducted trainings on social media techniques to help each reporter in the building succeed.
Manda is also a problem-solver. Whether it be severe weather, election coverage or a high-profile trial, Manda thought outside the box to find the best way to tell the story. It's a cliché, but it's true, she also works well with others. No matter the day the news of the day or the weather outside, she's always genuinely interested in how others are doing.
I'm convinced she'd be an asset to your organization."