Mike Baker (journalist)

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Michael Baker (16 February 1957 – 22 September 2012)[1][2] was a British journalist best known for his work with the BBC.

Educated at Colchester Royal Grammar School in Essex and Emmanuel College, Cambridge, he joined the BBC on their graduate trainee scheme in 1980.[3] He was the Corporation's Education Correspondent from 1989 until 2007, when he left the BBC's staff.[2] Before that he was a BBC Political Correspondent from 1980 to 1989 and also spent brief periods as a Foreign Correspondent and Deputy Home News Editor at the BBC. Baker was a regular columnist for BBC News Online, the EducationGuardian, and the Education Journal. He presented several series of programmes on Teachers TV.[4]

Baker's publications include Who Rules Our Schools (Hodder & Stoughton) and A Parents' Guide to the New Curriculum (BBC Books). He was the first journalist to be appointed Visiting Professor at the Institute of Education. Baker held a 2000 Michigan Journalism Fellowship at the University of Michigan and was a Reuters Fellow at Green College, Oxford. He was also an Honorary Fellow of the College of Teachers and was the CIPR Education Journalist of the Year in 2008.[5]

Baker died in September 2012, aged 55. He had been receiving treatment for lung cancer, which he wrote about publicly in his blog.[2]


  1. ^ Sue Littlemore "Mike Baker obituary", The Guardian, 22 September 2012
  2. ^ a b c "Education journalist Mike Baker dies". BBC News Online. 22 September 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Mike Baker: BBC education correspondent", BBC News Online, 27 May 2004
  4. ^ "Q&A Mike Baker". General Teaching Council for England. 2008-01-31. Archived from the original on 7 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  5. ^ "Media focus on standards 'good for education'" (Press release). Institute of Education, University of London. 2006-01-17. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 

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