Ken Baker (entertainment journalist)

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Ken Baker is an American journalist, author, former pro athlete and television news personality. Baker is the Senior Correspondent for E! News as well as the host of E! Online's daily web show Live From E!.

Education and career[edit]

Baker earned a liberal arts degree from Colgate University and a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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]

In 1996, Baker became a Los Angeles-based correspondent for People magazine. In 1999, he became the magazine's Northwest correspondent, based in Northern California.[1] Baker later was named West Coast Bureau Chief for Us Weekly as well as the West Coast Executive Editor and Editorial Director of He went on to become Senior Correspondent for E! News as well as the host of E! Online's daily web show Live From E!.[2]

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


Baker has written numerous books. In 2001, Baker published Man Made: A Memoir of My Body[3] which tells the story of his battle with a prolactinoma. Actor Elijah Wood is set to star in a film adaptation of the book, Late Bloomer.[4]

Baker's second memoir, They Don't Play Hockey in Heaven: A Dream, a Team and My Comeback Season[5] chronicled the season he spent as pro hockey's oldest rookie, published in 2003. Published in 2005, Hollywood Hussein[6] 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)[7] in 2009. In 2012, Baker published his first young adult novel, Fangirl, which tells the story of a fictional pop star who falls in love with a fan.[8] It won for Best Juvenile / Young Adult Fiction book in the Feathered Quill Book Awards in 2015, as well as The Write Companion Award for Best Overall Top Pick.[9]

Also in 2014, Baker contracted with Perseus Books Group's Running Press to write a series of novels called Deadline Diaries. The series will tell the story of a teenage celebrity blogger working to uncover Hollywood mysteries.[10] The first of the series, Finding Forever, is set to release in late 2015.[11]


Baker is a speaker at schools and community/charity events. He has hosted the LAPD Hollenbeck PAL Awards Gala.[12] Baker is also a member of the Advisory Board of the NHL's Los Angeles Kings.[13]


Ken Baker
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

Baker played hockey at Colgate University from 1988 to 1992[14] and played on its ECAC Championship Team in 1990.[citation needed]

Baker also played professional hockey for the Bakersfield Condors and the Quad City Mallards after 10 years of not playing. He wrote a book about his experience, They Don't Play Hockey in Heaven (ISBN 1592286054).[15]

Baker previously worked as a columnist for,[16] and coaches youth hockey.[17]


  1. ^ a b c d "Ken's Bio". E! Online. Archived from the original on April 22, 2012. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  2. ^ "Live from E!". E!. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Man Alive". San Francisco Chronicle. 2001-03-25. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  4. ^ "Elijah Wood is a 'Late Bloomer'". Variety. October 1, 2012. Retrieved 2015-03-23. 
  5. ^ Teebz (2009-09-22). "They Don't Play Hockey In Heaven". Hockey Blog In Canada. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  6. ^ Baker, Ken. "Hollywood Hussein: How the U.S. Really Captured Saddam". Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  7. ^ "To find happiness, turn losses into wins". 2009-01-06. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  8. ^ "Fangirl Ken Baker". 
  9. ^ "Feathered Quill Book Awards 2015" (PDF). 
  10. ^ "E! Correspondent Ken Baker Lands Book Series Deal About Teen Celebrity Blogger (Exclusive)". The Wrap. March 7, 2014. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Deadline Diaries:Finding Forever". Running Press Book Publishers. 
  12. ^ "Ken Baker & LAPD Hollenbeck PAL Partner for L.A. Youth". 
  13. ^ "Los Angeles Kings". 2011-04-25. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  14. ^ "1990-91 Colgate University [ECAC] roster and player statistics at". Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  15. ^ "Ken Baker's First Professional Hockey Win 4-6-02". YouTube. 2010-10-10. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  16. ^ "Baker: The Mystery of Jonathan Quick Revealed". May 10, 2012. Retrieved 2015-03-24. 
  17. ^ "It's Good to be a Kings fan". Los Angeles. December 2, 2014. Archived from the original on June 20, 2012. Retrieved 2015-03-24. 

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