Vicky Baker


I work on the BBC News website, covering international news stories. Previously, I have worked for Index on Censorship, the Guardian and Reuters.

Now based in London, having recently been in Washington DC and, before that, Buenos Aires.

A random selection of articles, linked below...

BBC News
The preachers getting rich from poor Americans

Televangelist Todd Coontz has a well-worn routine: he dresses in a suit, pulls out a Bible and urges viewers to pledge a very specific amount of money. "Don't delay, don't delay," he urges, calmly but emphatically. It sounds simple, absurdly so, but Coontz knows his audience extremely well.

BBC News
The 'exorcism' that turned into murder

When a young Nicaraguan woman became mentally ill, the pastor in her village decided to carry out an exorcism to expel her "demons". She was starved and so badly burned that she soon died, causing a national outcry.

BBC News
'We needed somewhere to tell wild drug stories'

When two former heroin addicts started a podcast to share wild drug stories, they had no idea what success - and tragedy - awaited them. Dopey has been described as the podcast you would not want to bring home to your parents.

BBC News
Farewell to 'a titan of the free press'

When plainclothes policemen came to the Buenos Aires Herald's office brandishing machine guns, the newspaper's staff knew they were coming. It was 22 October 1975 and the police were looking for the small Argentine newspaper's news editor, Andrew Graham-Yooll.

BBC News
A long journey to LGBT freedom

Two years ago, a "rainbow caravan" of gay men and trans women from Central America and Mexico arrived in the US to seek refuge. This is the story of their journey - and what happened next. "Are you ready?" says the voice behind the smartphone, which pans along a queue.

How far can you trust citizen journalism on the internet?

Photo: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images "Mosul church survived 1,800 years but couldn't survive Isis ­- burned it as Christians expelled," tweeted the head of Human Rights Watch, ­Kenneth Roth, sharing a now-deleted photo of a church in flames - purportedly in Iraq.

SAGE Journals
Revisiting stories of Argentina's dictatorship

On the anniversary of the Argentinian coup that led to the disappearance of around 30,000 people, Vicky Baker interviews those who were imprisoned, threatened or lost family

How do journalists keep themselves safe in warzones?

"How do journalists keep themselves safe in war zones? They can't. I was taught we should never think that we are either safe or qualified to recognise all potential dangers," says Nenad Sebek, a former BBC war correspondent.

the Guardian
Colombia's rainbow river benefits from peace deal

The first thing I felt when I saw the river running red was relief. The colour was more raspberry sorbet than blood red, flowing invitingly beneath soaring, skinny palm trees. Until this point, I had been slightly worried that Caño Cristales, Colombia's so-called river of five colours, could be to water what the northern lights are to the night sky - unreliable and often nothing like the pictures.

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