Jeff BarndBarnd
Crystal HaynesHaynes
Bob SpragueSprague

UPDATED April 21: The Friends of the Robbins Library hosted a moderated discussion, “Why All News is Local,” featuring Jeff Barnd of Arlington Community Media (ACMi), Crystal Haynes of Channel 25 News and Bob Sprague of

Attendees heard about the state of local news reporting and how the media landscape has changed over the past years and decades. Moderating the panel was Assistant Director of Libraries Amanda Troha.

This in-person program took place in the Community Room of the Robbins Library at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, 2023.

Preceding the presentation was the Friends’ annual general meeting, with remarks from board members and Director of Libraries Anna Litten.


Panelists' award-winning backgrounds

As news director at ACMi TV, Jeff Barnd applies his 25-plus years of experience to produce and air a nationally recognized award-winning newscast. He guides reporters, interns, writers and producers to tell compelling stories that have a direct impact on the viewing audience.

3 news amigos discuss local reporting:

Barnd is a 13-time Emmy Award-winning recipient in television news broadcasting, having taken home three Emmys for news writing and being “Boston’s Best Anchor” (1998). He served as weeknight anchor in the Boston, Baltimore and Portland, Maine, markets for 25 years, and as national correspondent in Washington, D.C., for the Sinclair Broadcast Group for three years. Along the way he has garnered several statewide awards -- and has reported on intriguing news stories from around the world, including Singapore; Kuwait; Iraq; Italy; Prague, Czech Republic; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and the Amazon rain forest of South America.

Haynes is an Emmy Award-winning journalist with more than 15 years of broadcast experience. Her work has focused on equity in education, the housing crisis and maternal health. Haynes is a part-time lecturer at Northeastern University. She is also the chair of the Arlington Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Observance Committee, a member of the Boston Association of Black Journalists and of the NAACP, and she is a trained facilitator in gender-based violence prevention and incidents in racism through Northeastern University’s Center for Sport in Society. She holds a bachelor's in broadcast journalism from Emerson College and a master's degree from Northeastern. She grew up in Springfield but has called Arlington home since 2017, joining her husband and his family, who have lived in the town for more than four generations.

Sprague has been a working journalist since 1970. His professional experience includes periods as editor at the Boston Herald and The Arlington Advocate, during which time the locally based weekly newspaper won awards from the National Newspaper Association, the New England Newspaper Association and the New England Press Association. He was the Town of Arlington's first webmaster. He has been a Boston Globe copy editor. A longtime Arlington resident, Sprague is founder/publisher/editor of local nonprofit news website YourArlington, which he started in 2006. He earned a master's degree in English from Lehigh University and a bachelor's degree in English from Washington & Jefferson College.

April 3, 2023: See another side of ACMi news director Saturday at Cutter Gallery


This news announcement was published April 3, 2023, based on information from Amy McElroy and the Friends of the Robbins Library, and updated April 21 to add ACMi video window.