Originally from Marks, Barbie was reared on a farm as the last of four children.
Barbie graduated from Mississippi College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications. She received a Master of Science degree from Mississippi State University with concentration in Broadcast Meteorology.
Barbie has been granted the Seal of Approval from the American Meteorological Society and has been awarded "Best Weathercast" by the Associated Press.
Barbie won the 2000 Mrs. Mississippi International title. At the Mrs. International pageant, she was named a semi-finalist in the Top 15 as she competed against women from all over the world. She has held four state beauty pageant titles and one national title over the years. Barbie is an accomplished opera singer, ventriloquist, pianist, and model.
Before joining WLBT, Barbie was the weekend meteorologist for WTVC in Chattanooga, Tennessee. For two years, she was the morning meteorologist for WAPT, the ABC affiliate in Jackson. She is also an adjunct professor of communication for Mississippi College.
Barbie sits on the Boards of Directors for the Mississippi Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Foundation and the Christmas Village. Additionally, she is on the Advisory Council for the Madison-Ridgeland Junior Auxiliary and a graduate of Leadership Mississippi.
She is Vice President of the American Meteorological Society Jackson Chapter, she teaches two-year-olds in Sunday School at Colonial Heights Baptist Church, she is a Life Member of the Madison-Ridgeland Junior Auxiliary, and is a member of the Junior League of Jackson. She also sits on the Education & Learning Committee for the March of Dimes.
Barbie was selected as the "Volunteer of the Year" for the National Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Foundation and has been named one of Mississippi's "Top 40 Under 40."
Barbie was also voted by Mississippi Magazine readers as their "Favorite Media Personality for 2007." Mississippi College has named Barbie as one of their "Distinguished Alumnae for 2007." The Salvation Army named her their "Angel Award" recipient and readers of the Jackson Free Press have voted her as the "Best TV Personality" for several years. Readers of the Jackson Free Press also named her "Best Public Figure" several years in a row.
Barbie has donated her hair five times to Pantene's Beautiful Lengths, an organization that makes human hair wigs for women who have lost their hair due to cancer. A Guinness Book of World Record was set in 2007 in Clinton, Mississippi, with the Beautiful Lengths project that she and co-worker Stephanie Bell-Flynt spearheaded.
Barbie has been the national meteorologist for the American Family Radio Network and their 190 radio stations. She's also a successful franchise business owner having reached millionaire status with Rodan + Fields Dermatology.
In her spare time, she enjoys storm chasing, collecting Barbie Dolls, spending time on the family farm and homeschooling her children Grace, Will Christian, and Lilly Faith.
You can find Barbie on Twitter @BarbieBassettTV and you can also "Like" her Facebook page called "Barbie Bassett WLBT."