Barry Bagnato has been a CBS News, Radio correspondent, based in Washington, since 1987.
Over a total of 30 years with CBS News, he has functioned in nearly every newsroom capacity. As a reporter, he has witnessed and described many of the key events of recent times.
Bagnato was part of the team reporting the dramatic and tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. He was at the devastating scene of the Oklahoma City bombing and the dramatic bombing trials.
He also has been in courtrooms for many other high-profile cases including the O.J. Simpson saga and the Andrea Yates child-killing spree. He reports regularly from the Supreme Court. CBS News Radio's instant and accurate reporting of the historic Bush versus Gore ruling in 2000 has been highly praised.
On the political side, in the last quarter century, Bagnato has covered every presidential election and attended nearly all the national political conventions. His primary-to-Presidency coverage of Bill Clinton in 1992 was highlighted in the award-winning documentary of the campaign, "The War Room." Clinton is one of four Presidents with whom he has traveled.
His exhaustive resume of coverage credits also includes the Monica Lewinsky investigation; both space shuttle disasters as well as the John Glenn shuttle flight; several hurricanes; and the deaths and funerals of historic figures including Presidents Nixon and Reagan, John F. Kennedy, Junior, Senator Edward Kennedy, and Princess Diana in Paris and London.
He has won numerous awards, both individually and as part of the CBS News team. They include coveted Edward R. Murrow awards, one for his reporting during the historic 2008 presidential campaign. His work has taken him throughout the world. But he specializes in presenting health and other issues with meaning to everyday Americans.
Before moving to Washington, Bagnato was an editor and producer with CBS News, Radio in New York, also serving as a writer for Charles Osgood. He arrived in 1982 from WEEI Radio in Boston. His experience also includes stints as News Director at WKXL, Concord, NH, reporter at WTSN, Dover, N.H., and news anchor/announcer at WTIV, Titusville, Penn., and WFRA, Franklin, Penn.
Bagnato graduated with honors with two degrees from Syracuse University. He is married to Martha Mansfield, an environmental engineer from his hometown of Oil City, Pennsylvania. They have one daughter, Laura, an award-winning graphic designer for the popular publisher Chronicle Books.