Wright grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and worked at the Philadelphia Tribune, eventually as managing editor. He moved with his family to Birmingham in 2000 to take a reporting job at the Birmingham News, where he covered Jefferson County government.
In 2012 Wright completed the commemorative book, 1963: How the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement Changed America and The World, which was published by the Alabama Media Group. Wright was laid off from the newspaper in 2015 and became a contributor to the investigative news site BirminghamWatch.
- Carlton, Bob (November 1, 2012) "Birmingham News reporter Barnett Wright releases '1963,' about city's role in the civil rights movement." The Birmingham News
- Wilson, Benét J. (August 21, 2015) "Birmingham News lays off last black news reporter" AllDigitocracy.org
- "Changing Times: Foundation for Progress in Journalism Purchases The Birmingham Times." (January 28, 2016) Birmingham Times
- Barnett Wright at al.com