Vickybaker

Vicky Baker

Journalist: world news, long reads, live pages, travel, podcasts

I work as a senior journalist on the BBC News website, covering international news stories. Before this I worked for Index on Censorship, the Guardian and Reuters.

On a day-to-day basis, I work on a busy news desk, commissioning, editing and writing breaking international stories. On a particularly busy day, such as US election night, I might be running the BBC live page or sending push alerts.

However, when I get chance, I love to work on slower, long-form pieces.

I also co-created a BBC podcast series, Fake Heiress - an investigative docudrama, which won a creativity award at the British Podcast Awards.

And in a past life, I was a travel writer for magazines, broadsheet newspapers and guidebooks.

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

A random selection of articles and audio follows ...

Contact me with story tips or feedback via the envelope button below.

Portfolio
BBC
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
08/09/2019
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
01/23/2019
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
06/17/2015
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.

Newstatesman
10/02/2014
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.

Newstatesman
03/25/2015
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
06/04/2016
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
03/15/2008
Going local: Quito, Ecuador

Since the launch of couchsurfing.com 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

Live paging

Long reads

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