Barrett has learned the communications/public relations industry from nearly every angle, having served as a reporter for the Tulsa World, medical writer and community relations coordinator for St. John Medical Center, public relations director for Oklahoma Special Olympics, and as a public relations account manager at Tulsa’s Littlefield, Inc. His strengths include public relations counseling, strategic planning, crisis planning, media relations, business/technical/medical writing, editorial marketing, litigation media consulting, and Web content development.
Barrett is a 1986 graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, with a bachelor of science degree in journalism. He is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), and in June 2003 he received the “PR Professional of the Year” award from the Tulsa PRSA chapter. He is the author of New Feet for Old, a children’s book, published by Macmillan in 1992. It was a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award in children’s fiction.
Getting to know: Barrett
Oklahoma City (but we moved to Tulsa when I was still very young)
Favorite classes in high school
Journalism, English, Yearbook. There seems to be a trend here with writing and communicating…
Tulsa icon you think everyone should visit, and why
The art deco architecture in Downtown Tulsa. The buildings are beautiful and tell a wonderful story about our city’s unique history and the roots of our “can do” attitude.
Monty Python & the Holy Grail
We’ve been lucky to work with a lot of great restaurants, so I’ve got several favorites – everything from a good steak to Chinese food and steak burrito. And since I’m a Tulsa boy, Coney I-lander hot dogs rank right up near the top.
Favorite sports team
The Miami Dolphins and Chicago Cubs. (Yes, I know I’m a glutton for punishment. I’m seeking help.) I always root for the University of Tulsa and Northwestern teams.
Love to spend time with family and friends, sports, doing anything along the Arkansas River (Tulsans don’t realize how fortunate we are to have this natural treasure). I also try to fit in time writing the next great children’s/young adult book.