Anila Baig, whose ancestors were from Pakistan, was born and raised in the city of Bradford. Anila Baig had her first column published in the local newspaper at the age of 16. She then went on to study English at the university and trained as a teacher. Baig began working as a journalist in 1998, when she joined the Telegraph & Argus newspaper as a trainee reporter, before moving to Yorkshire Post as a columnist. In addition to writing news reports, she also started a weekly column and won the Press Gazette Regional Columnist of the Year award 2004. She joined The Sun soon after, where she writes a weekly column and commententaries. She has also served as a TV previewer for the paper. She was also a finalist in the Asian Women of Achievement awards. Although not wearing a Hijab in any of her previous employments, Baig was seen on The Sun's Front Page donning the Muslim headscarf; however, she ditched the cloth early in 2007 leading to speculation that she and The Sun treated this symbol of the Islamic faith as a mere publicity gimmick. In 2006, she was signed up by Virgin Books to write her memoirs.
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