Carla Barnhill, America's Next Advice Columnist?
Two months ago, Carla Barnhill was just a multitasking mom from Minnesota who did freelance writing and editing on the side. After working at several Christianity Today sister publications in suburban Chicago—editing Campus Life for several years before helming Christian Parenting Today magazine—Barnhill returned to Minneapolis to raise a family, continue writing and editing, and teach a writing class as a Bethel University adjunct professor.
Today, Barnhill is on the brink of becoming a celebrity of sorts, as one of the final four candidates for the new "advice guru" for ABC's Good Morning America (GMA). More than 15,000 applied for the gig, and Barnhill has impressed the GMA producers enough to make it to the final round. While viewers have been voting online (Barnhill and Cooper Boone are far ahead of the other two finalists), the final decision, to come in the next couple weeks, rests with GMA.
Barnhill was interviewed live on GMA last week by hosts George Stephanopoulos and Elizabeth Vargas. While the appearance went well, Barnhill emphasizes that the "advice guru" gig is a writing job. That's what attracted her in the first place: "It's a journalism job. It's writing about people and their lives, in a way to help them out. That's what I've always done, and that's what I love to do most." (See her latest advice on fear-filled parenting here.) CT senior associate editor Mark Moring spoke with Barnhill about the competition—and broke the glass ceiling as Her.meneutics' ...1