Archive for Month: August 2016

Consumer Advocacy

Credit: Keith Barry

Photo Credit: Keith Barry

Since 2012, I’ve led home appliance coverage for, a consumer advocacy website that’s part of the USA Today Network. I lead a team of reviewers who test refrigerators, dishwashers, laundry, cooking, and small appliances at the labs in Cambridge, MA. It’s my responsibility to discover and report the latest industry trends, and ensure that our tests accurately represent consumer use cases. I work closely with our director of science and testing to create test protocols, and ensure that our reviewers adhere to them.

As a consumer advocate, I’ve been featured in USA Today and other Gannett-owned newspapers, and interviewed as an expert by Wirecutter, NPR, Fox News, and many local radio, print, and TV outlets. My contributions to’s “Ask the Experts” column have been syndicated across the USA Today Network.

Selected Work:


Trade Shows

Credit: Keith Barry

Frankfurt Auto Show 2015
Photo Credit: Keith Barry

From car shows to home shows, special events to CES, I’ve covered it all. Whether I’m offering real-time coverage on social media or banking a longer story for later, my trade show coverage is the next-best thing to being there.

2016 CES — Las Vegas, NV

2016 Architectural Digest Home Show, New York, NY (USA Today Network)

2016 Design and Construction Week — Las Vegas, NV (USA Today Network)

2016 and 2014 Salone del Mobile/Design Week — Milan, Italy (USA Today Network)

2015 Frankfurt Auto Show — Frankfurt, Germany  (USA Today Network)

2015 IFA — Berlin, Germany (USA Today Network)

2012 New York International Auto Show — New York, NY (Wired)

Photo Credit: Keith Barry
Photo Credit: Keith Barry

Car Reviews

Credit: Keith Barry

Credit: Keith Barry
Credit: Keith Barry
Photo Credit: Keith Barry

Since 2011, I have reviewed cars for Wired,, and the USA Today Network. For, I’m usually on camera while I’m behind the wheel, and behind the camera when I’m not.

As a member of the New England Motor Press Association, I’m also a judge in the official Winter Vehicle of New England awards. I put cars to the test on the crowded, snowy roads of Boston, which means I have a soft spot for collision avoidance, all-wheel drive, and heated seats.

Selected Reviews:

Transportation Journalism

Transportation Journalism
Photo Credit: Keith Barry
Photo Credit: Keith Barry

Since 2008, I’ve covered transportation access and equity, automotive technology, and city planning. I have contributed to Wired, CityLab, and Car and Driver.

Selected Work:

All Aboard the DMZ Train

CityLab — July 2016

A trip aboard South Korea’s tourist train to the border. Text and photos by Keith Barry.

Why Boston’s Cash-Strapped Transit System Is Piloting Lower Fares for Students

CityLab — March 2015

The MBTA’s forthcoming Youth and University passes are the result of years of activism.

The Traffic Lights of Tomorrow Will Actively Manage Congestion

CityLab — September 2014

The humble traffic signal is gaining some new responsibilities.

What I Learned Riding One of Those New Private City Buses

CityLab — July 2014

Bridj won’t compete with Boston public transit, but it could get some commuters of out their cars.

Will High-Tech Mass Transit Fares Leave Too Many Riders Behind?

CityLab — March 2014

Equity concerns surround a new ticket and schedule app coming to Long Island.

Hack To The Future

Car and Driver — August 2011 Issue

How hackers and carmakers are battling for control of your ride.

When Active Safety Systems Fail, Who Pays? — June 28, 2011

The Future Of In-Car Technology

Car and Driver — May 2010 issue

Your dashboard may soon become as versatile as your laptop.

Zero-Emission Vehicle Regulations Get Tougher for 2012

Car and Driver — December 2010 issue

California Dreaming: The New CARB Diet

15 Awesome Supercars The Feds Won’t Seize — March 10, 2011

A gallery of exotic cars that were never sold in the US but that can be legally imported thanks to the “Show and Display” clause

High-Tech Car Allows The Blind To Drive — February 15, 2011

An in-depth look at the Blind Driver Challenge, and why it’s important to put a blind man behind the wheel of a car.