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Barbie Bassett, whom Jacksonians voted as this year’s Best Public Figure, might be best known for her television presence and meteorological gravitas, but she also has many other talents: opera singer, ventriloquist, pianist, model and author.

Her on-screen talent for weather forecasting first brought her to the channel WTVC in Chattanooga, Tenn., and later to WAPT in Jackson as the morning meteorologist. These days, Bassett works as a meteorologist for WLBT. However, she also keeps a pretty full schedule outside her weather watching.

Bassett is currently writing her third book, teaches a Sunday school class at Colonial Heights Baptist Church and a course at Mississippi College, serves on eight different board of directors for numerous organizations in and out of the meteorology field, and homeschools her three children—Grace, Will Christian and Lilly Faith. As an accomplished Mississippian, she will continue to make her presence known in a variety of ways.—Mike McDonald

WINNER: Best Public Figure


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