Barton joined the School of Communication faculty in the spring of 2001. He teaches Advanced Broadcast Journalism and serves as faculty advisor to the student-produced newscast, "NewsVision." "NewsVision" has won an Emmy award and been named the best college newscast in the country by both the National Broadcasting Society and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Barton spent the first eight years of his career as a television news photographer, reporter and anchor, working in Shreveport, LA, Orlando, FL, and Dallas, TX. He covered the early Space Shuttle developments at the Kennedy Space Center and traveled with candidates Ronald Reagan and George Bush during the 1980 presidential campaign.
Barton then moved into television news management. He served as assistant news director at WPLG-TV in Miami for three years and spent twelve years as a television news director in Norfolk, VA, Greensboro, NC, Louisville, KY, New Orleans, LA, and Harrisburg, PA.
He then spent three years teaching broadcast journalism at The Ohio State University in Columbus while also hosting and producing a public affairs interview show at the PBS television station.
Barton grew up in Europe, attending school in Italy, France and Spain. He continues to travel extensively and has visited 46 countries.
Barton received a Master of Arts in Journalism from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from McGill University in Montreal.