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A Better America's Anchorman

Todd Michael Barnes 


Todd Michael Barnes was born in Springfield, Illinois and put up for adoption in 1968 before being placed in a foster home in East St. Louis, Illinois. 


At age six months, Barnes was adopted by Reverend Walther Thomas Barnes, Jr., and his wife, Barbara Ann Drew Barnes.  Barnes went to live with his new parents in a brownstone apartment on Lake Michigan’s shore, in Evanston, Illinois and was warmly welcomed into the fold by hundreds of church members as his father was senior pastor of Parkview Presbyterian Church in Oak Park, Illinois. 


After living in Evanston, Barnes moved to Superior, Wisconsin, and then Allegan, Michigan, before settling in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he has lived since age 10.   


While in senior high school, Barnes realized he was gay. 


After high school graduation, Barnes attended Minneapolis Community & Technical College where he was student president two years in a row, and then elected student president of all 29 community colleges in Minnesota, president of Minnesota Community College Student Association (MCCSA).

Barnes spent the next 20 years thriving in his career, while at the same time suffering personally, addicted to alcohol and crack cocaine.  Although Barnes "was out of the closet," his internalized homophobia was eating him alive.  This caused Barnes to behave like a pig and act like a whore.


After being admitted to over 13 substance abuse treatment centers, Barnes got his life together after he spent a grueling 10 years studying the subject of self-worth.


Barnes previously served as executive director of CLUB FED, a collaboration of 80 north and south Minneapolis youth-serving organizations; and then communications and community relations administrator for Twin Cities Urban League; office administrator for Hennepin County African American Men Project; owner, host, and executive producer of “Minnesota Ingredients” on KARE 11, the 15th largest media market in the nation.  To-date, Barnes is the only person of color who has ever owned a television show in the Twin Cities media market on ANY network affiliate.  Barnes show was on KARE 11, NBC.

Barnes served as intern to Minneapolis Mayor Don Fraser; executive assistant to Mayor R.T. Rybak; constituent relations assistant to Fifth Ward Minneapolis City Councilmember Natalie Johnson Lee; assistant to director of Check Yo’ Self Health & Wellness Center at High School for Recording Arts; and development director at High School for Recording Arts.


Barnes is currently the president and chief anchor Equity News Network (ENN), where he hosts LGBT, Healthcare, & me, a video news presentation sponsored by Minnesota Department of Health.  Barnes also makes regular appearances on the internationally acclaimed YouTube hit show, Sharrell’s World.  Barnes is the co-originator of the Mighty Moms and Dynamic Dads community liaison program at Mall of America, the nation’s largest mall—and the first mall in the U.S.—to utilize a large contingent of parents who resided in public housing to serve as chaperones in a major U.S. shopping mall.

In 2020, Barnes wrote the multi-million-dollar plan for a local, immigrant-owned, healthcare company, to assume operations of hotels temporarily operated Hennepin County to house hundreds of homeless persons during COVID-19.  Hennepin County is the largest county in Minnesota. 


Barnes currently resides in Minneapolis, MN, and attends Edgcumbe Presbyterian Church in St. Paul, MN, where he plays piano and the pipe organ.


Barnes most values spending time with his two sisters, Michelle Trebtoske, and Julie Eid; his brother-in-law, George Eid; his nephew Shiloh Kenney; and his three godchildren, Rondale “Duke” Tenner, Lewis “Lewiee Blaze” McCaleb, and Samantha Trebtoske.  

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