Vicky Baker

Journalist: investigations, podcasts, long reads, world news

I am a senior journalist working with the BBC Panorama team.

Before this, I was on the BBC World news desk, and I previously worked for Index on Censorship, the Guardian and Reuters.

I also co-created two BBC podcast series, Fake Heiress and Fake Psychic - investigative docudramas.

I am currently based in London, having previously lived in Washington DC, Buenos Aires and other places. I speak Spanish (and rusty French), and have a particular interest in Latin America.

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BBC Radio 4 - Fake Psychic

Vicky Baker investigates the stranger-than-fiction story of Lamar Keene, a renowned psychic who confessed to being part of an underground network he called the "psychic mafia" If you wanted to speak to the dead in 1960's America, there was one man who was ready to help. A showman with big ambitions.

BBC Radio 4 - Fake Heiress

Anna Delvey blazed a trail through New York as a wealthy heiress. But it was all a lie. Six-part docudrama for Radio 4 / BBC Sounds

BBC News
The making of a housing benefit millionaire

A BBC Panorama investigation has uncovered property sales worth more than £120m linked to one successful developer and a charity he helped set up. Former employees of the charity, My Space Housing Solutions, which has claimed tens of millions of pounds of public money to house vulnerable people, say it was too focused on expansion and failed to support some tenants.

BBC News
A long journey to LGBT freedom

The story of a "rainbow caravan" of gay men and trans women from Central America and Mexico arriving in the US to seek refuge.

BBC News
The drop boxes for newborns

It looks like a postal hatch, but this isn't a place to store your deliveries: it is designed for newborn babies.

the Guardian
Uzbekistan's unmentionable writer

When Hamid Ismailov, one of Uzbekistan's most widely published writers, was forced into exile in 1992, he thought it would be temporary.

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.

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.

Travel writing

National Geographic
Argentina: Into no man's land

Six days of my life are officially unaccounted for. On examining my passport, a keen-eyed immigration officer might notice that between one exit stamp for Chile and the following entry stamp for Argentina, almost a week is 'missing'.

the Guardian
Going local: Quito, Ecuador

Since the launch of in 2004, dozens more travel networking sites have sprung up. Over the next three months Vicky Baker will put them to the test in South America. In the first of her weekly dispatches, she sets off to meet José in a bar in Quito

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