Austin Barnes

Austin Barnes

KSNT News Multimedia Journalist

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Austin is a 2015 Kansas State University graduate (Go Wildcats!) and Kansas City native.

A lifelong fan of the news business, he got started young – putting on newscasts and delivering (overly dramatic) weather reports for his family as a kid. His passion continued to grow, with positions on his middle and high school broadcasting teams in Bonner Springs, eventually leading to roles at KSDB-FM and Channel 8 News while attending K-State.

Austin comes to KSNT after starting his professional career as a radio personality – working as both an anchor and the city commission reporter at News radio KMAN in Manhattan, and as weekend anchor at 98.1 FM KMBZ in Kansas City.

When he’s off the clock, Austin loves to keep up with pop culture. Reality TV is his biggest weakness – it even led to his first paid broadcast experience serving as a co-host for a Real Networks commentary show. He also enjoys spending time with family and friends, exploring local events and attempting to be a “foodie.”

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