When Barbara West asked a few tough questions to Sen. Joe Biden, she had little idea she would become an Internet sensation overnight.
Biden accused her of having someone else write her questions and implied she was part of the "right wing."
So who is Barbara West?
West is a television news veteran who previously worked for ABC News anchor Peter Jennings. For the past 16 years, she has served as health reporter and anchor for Orlando's WFTV.
Though a local news anchor, she has a history of tackling tough stories.
West says on her biography page on WFTV's Web site: "I have covered stories of people, politics and medical breakthroughs. My work has taken me across the country and around the world. From Washington, D.C., I covered the inauguration of President Bush and the impeachment of President Clinton.
"When Hillary Clinton attempted to reform our health care system, I traveled to Canada to examine the Canadian national health care system as a possible model for the U.S.
"From the heart of Ukraine, I was the only Western reporter to broadcast from inside the nuclear reactor building at Chernobyl on the 10th anniversary of the nuclear disaster there. I also uncovered the long term toll in increased incidence of cancer that the disaster had on the surrounding population."
Before settling at WFTV, West was stationed in London as the principal assistant to Jennings during his years as the anchor for ABC's “World News Tonight.”
She has won several journalism awards.
Prior to working in television news, she worked as an assistant professor at the University of Vermont and represented Vermont in the Miss America Pageant.
She is married to Wade West, an international media consultant to politicians, professionals and organizations.
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