Mike Baker, journalist andbroadcaster: Biography
Mike Baker is an award-winning journalist, author, broadcaster,and consultant, specialising ineducation. He has twice beennamed as UK EducationJournalist of the Year (2002 & 2008) and has been awardedthe Ted Wragg LifetimeContribution to EducationJournalism Award.
In 2011 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Education by Oxford
Brookes University. He is also a former Visiting Professor at the Institute of Education, University of London.After a 27 year career at the BBC, Mike is now a freelance journalist and
broadcaster. He recently devised and presented a three
-part 'History of Primary Schools' for BBC Radio 4 and, from 2007-2011, was the presenter
for several series on Teachers’
, and Radio Five.Before that he was a Political Correspondent, Foreign Affairs Correspondentand Deputy Home News Editor for the BBC.Mike has held Journalism Fellowships at the universities of Oxford andMichigan. His publications include:
Does Education Get the Media ItDeserves
Who Rules Our Schools
s Guide tothe New Curriculum
(1992).He chairs frequent conferences, events and awards ceremonies in the UKand abroad (recent clients include UCAS, the HE Academy, the British
GovNet).He chaired the 1,500 delegate World Innovation Summit for Education inQatar in 2009 and 2010.
He has been a national judge for the Teaching Awards and the O2 Learn
Awards, and is an Honorary Fellow of the College of Teachers, a Trustee of
the National Education Trust and the Villiers Park Educational Trust
charities. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.Mike was educated at state schools and read English at CambridgeUniversity. He has an MA (Distinction) in history at Kingston University.He has been a school governor and is marriedwithtwo daughters.He enjoys football (he is a lifelong Ipswich Town sufferer), jazz, localhistory, furniture-making, cycling and walking.
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