In 1963, Barker was news director for Dallas CBS affiliate KRLD-TV/Channel 4. Reporting from the Dallas Trade Mart, Barker was the first to announce the death of President Kennedy on air. He was heavily involved in local coverage of the assassination and interviewed many key participants over the years. Recorded April 14, 1993, November 22, 1998, October 23, 2003, June 8, 2006, and January 24, 2007.
Mr. Barker passed away on July 23, 2012.