That's the other reason she decided to move back to West Virginia, she said. She was so enamored with the people here, found them so warm and nice, that just being able to come back to the region was a draw.
"The kindness of the people here — that is the spirit of this region, to me that's the overriding them here," she said.
"And I think it's exciting when you grow up and realize you can have more than one home."
And because she's lived and worked here before, she hopes she'll be able to skip most of the awkwardness that comes with a new job in a new place. She's been jotting down story ideas since she left her last job, and plans to hit the ground running.
"It's so hard to come into a community and suddenly be an expert," Barren said. "I'm by no means an expert but to have a little knowledge means that I think I can come back this time a little older and a little wiser."
Her new work schedule doesn't hurt either. It's a mark of her newfound seniority at WSAZ that now, after working all those weekend shifts, she'll be able to stick to a weekday schedule with typical hours — a rarity in that business that reinforces Barren's idea that she's landed her dream job.
"I feel like I fell on a cloud," she said.
Contact writer Shay Maunz at shay.ma...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4886.