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Paul Barbato

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Paul Barbato
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Personal information
Minnesota, United States
ResidenceLos Angeles
OccupationYouTube educator and entertainer
YouTube information
Years active2014-Present (Geography Now)
2009-Present (Paul Barbato)
Subscribers2.06 million (Geography Now) 37,800 (Paul Barbato)
Total views221.4 million (Geography Now) 5.33 million+ (Paul Barbato)
Updated 11 January 2020

Paul Barbato is an American filmmaker, best known for being the founder and the host of the YouTube channel Geography Now[1], a channel which tries to profile every UN-member country. As of February 2020, the channel has over 2.0 million subscribers and over 230 million views.

Personal life[edit]

Paul Barbato was born on June 7, 1987 in Minnesota. He is of Korean, French, Italian and Irish heritage. He grew up in Chicago, and he currently lives in Los Angeles.


Pre-Geography Now[edit]

Barbato started his first YouTube channel in 2009. This channel mainly revolved around him speaking foreign languages. As of March 2020, this channel has over 37,600 subscribers and over 5.4 million views.

Geography Now[edit]

Paul Barbato started the Geography Now channel in August 2014, although activity and promotion of the channel did not begin until October 2014. The channel covers every UN-recognized nation in alphabetical order in the form of educational videos.


Barbato often travels abroad for projects such as Geograbees and interviewing people for country videos. Such was the case when he visited the three "Saint" countries of the Caribbean Saint Kitts and Nevis[2] Saint Lucia [3]and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines[4]

In 2018 Barbato visited the Gruening Middle School in Anchorage, Alaska to host a 'Geograbee' in the school. [5][6].


The reception to Paul's work on Geography Now has been mostly positive. The YoungPost section of the South China Morning Post ranked Geography Now as one of the 7 best YouTube channels that will improve grades.[7] Japan Today made an article praising his Japan episode.[8]


  1. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmmPgObSUPw1HL2lq6H4ffA?view_as=subscriber
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5FPRLgQ41Q
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8SLZvHOBvI
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5DV8mD9_eQ
  5. Klouda, Naomu (6 March 2018). "YouTube host visits Gruening for Geogra-BEE". Alaska Star. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  6. KTVA (3 March 2018). "Youtube star hosts GeograBee at Gruening Middle School". Retrieved 6 January 2020 – via ktva website.
  7. South China Morning Post (12 January 2018). "From maths and science to liberal studies, these are the 7 best YouTube channels that will improve your grades". Retrieved 6 January 2020 – via scmp website.
  8. Japan Today (17 February 2018). "Informative video condenses everything about Japan into 16 minutes of pure gold". Retrieved 6 January 2020 – via jnty website.

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