Sarah Baxter

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Sarah April Louise Baxter (born 1959) is a British journalist. She is the deputy editor of The Sunday Times and editor of the newspaper's magazine.

The daughter of an American mother, Baxter has dual citizenship.[1] She went up to St Hilda's College, Oxford in 1978 to read History. After graduating in 1981, she worked for Penguin Books as a copywriter and then Virago Press as a press officer.[2] Following a period as an editor for the London edition of Time Out she joined the New Statesman where she became the political editor and was one of the few members of staff to support the first gulf war in 1990-91.[3] She then joined The Observer where she eventually became senior associate editor[4] responsible for the comment section. Baxter left The Observer in 1996.[4]

She moved to The Sunday Times following an appointment as editor of the News Review section, a post in which she remained for four years.[5] From July 2001 Baxter was based in New York,[6] and despite being a lifelong Labour Party voter and registered Democrat in the United States, advocated support for George W. Bush over John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election.[1] She became the Washington correspondent of The Sunday Times in 2005,[7] before returning to London in 2009 to become editor of the newspaper's magazine.[8] In June 2013, she was appointed the deputy editor of The Sunday Times in addition to her other role[9][10] and is a non-executive director of Times Newspapers Holdings Ltd.[2]

Sarah Baxter's husband, Jez Coulson,[11] is a British photographer; the couple have two children.[12]


  1. ^ a b Sarah Baxter "I'm a Democrat for Bush", The Sunday Times, 17 October 2004
  2. ^ a b "Sarah Baxter - History, 1978", St Hilda's College, Oxford
  3. ^ Sarah Baxter "Ken v Saddam, dinner with David Blunkett, and when Julie was queen of the Groucho", New Statesman, 14 March 2013
  4. ^ a b "Media: Targett hired for Observer post", PR Week, 12 April 1996. Sources vary as to Baxter's exact job title. An earlier PR Week article (Media: Briefs", 8 March 1996), announcing her promotion, has her new post given as "senior assistant editor".
  5. ^ Jessica Hodgson "New York correspondent quits Sunday Times", Media Guardian, 19 March 2001
  6. ^ Jean Morgan "Shake-up at Sunday Times", Press Gazette, 23 May 2001
  7. ^ "Sarah Baxter", News UK
  8. ^ Dominic Ponsford "Robin Morgan leaves Sunday Times Magazine", Press Gazette, 4 February 2009
  9. ^ Angela Haggerty "David Dinsmore to replace Dominic Mohan as Sun editor and Sarah Baxter gets Sunday Times move", The Drum, 21 June 2013
  10. ^ Gideon Spanier "In the air: Murdoch rebrands papers as News UK", London Evening Standard, 26 June 2013
  11. ^ "Photo blogging", The Atlantic, 6 June 2007
  12. ^ Katherine Levy "Baxter celebrates positive power of journalism", Campaign, 2 February 2012
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Martin Ivens
Deputy Editor of The Sunday Times