Peter Barbey followed in his family’s long tradition in the publishing world that dates back to 1796. He served as the president and CEO of his family’s company, the Reading Eagle Company, which owned the Reading Eagle and South Schuylkill News, WEEU-AM, Pretzel City Productions, and REP printing. Barbey also was the publisher of The Village Voice, a weekly newspaper located in New York.
Barbey has long given his time to civic and charitable committees, currently including Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and Trinity Church Wall Street. Along with his wife, Pamela, and his son Matthew, he directs the Edwin Barbey Charitable Trust. This organization provides funds for a range of important causes, including human rights, arts and culture, science and medicine, youth programs, and many others in New York and throughout the rest of the United States.