Ken Baker (entertainment journalist)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Ken Baker
Born (1970-04-18) April 18, 1970 (age 44)
Blasdell, NY, USA
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Right
Played for Bakersfield Condors (WCHL)
Quad City Mallards (UHL)
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2001–2002

Kenneth Joel Baker (born April 18, 1970) is an American journalist, author, and television personality. In 2008, Baker became the Chief News Correspondent for E! News.

Early life and education[edit]

Baker earned a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a liberal arts degree from Colgate University. He began his journalism career as a news assistant for ABC News in the Washington bureau.[1] He later worked as a reporter at the Daily Press in Newport News, Virginia.[1]


Baker was the West Coast Bureau Chief for Us Weekly as well as the West Coast Executive Editor and Editorial Director of He then became a staff correspondent for People magazine. In 1996 Baker was promoted to People's Northwest correspondent based in Northern California.[1]

Baker appears on Fox News Channel, The Today Show, CNN, MSNBC and HLN.[1]

Baker has written four books. In 2001, Baker published Man Made: A Memoir of My Body[2] which tells the story of his battle with a prolactinoma. Baker's second memoir, They Don't Play Hockey in Heaven: A Dream, a Team and My Comeback Season[3] chronicled the season he spent as pro hockey's oldest rookie, published in 2003. Published in 2005, Hollywood Hussein[4] is a satirical take on the capture of Saddam Hussein. Baker also co-authored The Great Eight: How to Be Happy (even when you have every reason to be miserable)[5] in 2009.


Baker is a speaker at various schools and community/charity events. He also serves on the Ambassador Board of the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles and is a member of the Advisory Board of the NHL's L.A. Kings.[6]


Baker played hockey at Colgate University from 1988 to 1992[7] and played on ECAC Championship Team in 1990.[citation needed]

Baker also played professional hockey for the Bakersfield Condors and the Quad City Mallards in a miraculous comeback after 10 years of not playing. He wrote a book about his experience called They Don't Play Hockey in Heaven (ISBN 1592286054).[8]


  1. ^ a b c d "Ken Baker". E! Online. Archived from the original on April 22, 2012. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  2. ^ "Man Alive". San Francisco Chronicle. 2001-03-25. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  3. ^ Teebz (2009-09-22). "They Don't Play Hockey In Heaven". Hockey Blog In Canada. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  4. ^ Baker, Ken. "Hollywood Hussein: How the U.S. Really Captured Saddam". Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  5. ^ "To find happiness, turn losses into wins". 2009-01-06. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  6. ^ "Los Angeles Kings". 2011-04-25. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  7. ^ "1990-91 Colgate University [ECAC] roster and player statistics at". Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  8. ^ "Ken Baker's First Professional Hockey Win 4-6-02". YouTube. 2010-10-10. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 

External links[edit]