TREY BARRINEAU is a production editor in USA TODAY's Life section, where he fine-tunes and enlivens content for online and print that spans entertainment, pop culture, technology and health. Trey was hired in 2000 immediately after completing USA TODAY's Loaner Program, a unique mid-career residency/internship that brought a select group of Gannett journalists from across the country to work for four months as full-time staff members at the newspaper's headquarters near Washington, D.C. During his time at USA TODAY, he has been honored multiple times for outstanding headlines.
From 1993 to 2000, Trey was a copy editor at the Citizen-Times in Asheville, N.C. While there, he contributed editing, headlines and page designs to several award-winning projects, including a body of work that was a finalist for the 1999 Gannett Freedom of Information Award. He also edited and designed the paper's front page and news section during fast-breaking, nationally significant stories such as the manhunt for Atlanta Olympics bomber Eric Rudolph.
Trey began his career covering sports in North Carolina. While at the Lenoir News-Topic, some of his stories were published across the Southeast via the New York Times Regional Newspaper Group's wire service.
Trey is a graduate of Appalachian State University. He grew up in Charlotte, N.C., but was born near Charleston, S.C., which makes him truly bi-Carolinian. He resides in Fairfax, Va., with his wife, Jacqui, a dog and two cats.