Born and raised in Tucson, and a graduate of the University of Arizona, Barbara is a unique, homegrown personality. For 34 years, Barbara worked tirelessly to provide Tucson and Southern Arizona with the most relevant and updated news, both local and national, and is considered a living legend by her coworkers and viewers. During her time on KOLD News 13, Barbara was flexible in her reporting, working as both an anchor and a reporter in the field; in \times of need, Barbara could always be counted on by her team to get the job done. Above all, Barbara Grijalva is a trusted professional whose reporting is always defined by the facts. Upon her retirement in 2017 Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva (no relation) in a declaration on the house floor remarked “In these times, the loss of a journalist of Barbara’s caliber is significant. Her talent, demeanor and style will be missed coming into our homes and our minds. We thank Barbara for the contributions and impact she has given us and we wish her well in her next adventure.”
She was inducted into the Silver Circle in 2014.