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Bailey S. Barnard

Director of Social and Branded Content

In his role as Director of Social and Branded Content, Bailey S. Barnard oversees all of Robb Report's social media and its online sponsored and branded content, in addition to spearheading digital content development. He previously served as editor of RobbReport.com, and an associate editor for the print magazine, covering the home-electronics, personal-technology, private-aviation, yachting, and craft-brew industries and occasionally writing stories in the automotive, travel, spirits, and dining categories. Formerly, he served as gear editor and a contributing writer for TONEAudio, a web publication focusing on music and high-fidelity audio equipment, and as the editor in chief and creative director of a student-run art and literary magazine at the University of Iowa, where he studied literature, creative writing, journalism, and art history. He has also edited and designed the North American newsletter of an international nonprofit organization. He is an amateur musician and aspiring novelist. He publishes his creative writing on his website, www.plightofthepoet.com, and he is currently seeking publication of his first novel. Barnard is also an avid cook and proud home brewer.

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