Author & Columnist
former Deputy Editor, Newsweek


Julia Baird is an author and columnist living in the US. She is currently working on a biography of Queen Victoria for Random House (while also writing columns for the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Guardian and the Sydney Morning Herald). Until October 2010, she was working in New York as a columnist and Deputy Editor of Newsweek. She joined Newsweek in February 2007 as a senior editor for Science, Society and Ideas. In that role, she oversaw Newsweek’s coverage of social trends and scientific breakthroughs as well as fresh, important ideas, and wrote a series of features on women in politics during the presidential election.

Previously, Baird was at the Sydney Morning Herald from 1998-2007, in various roles including education reporter, election editor, columnist and oped editor,. In 2006 she was the host of the radio program “Sunday Profile” on the ABC.

In 2005, Baird was a fellow at the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press and Public Policy at Harvard, researching American opinion in the lead-up to the Iraq War. Her Ph.D., on female politicians and the press, was awarded in 2001, and her book on the subject was published in 2004. Baird has also taught history, made radio documentaries on subjects as diverse as black metal music and convent education, and has been a frequent commentator on television and radio.

Baird received both her B.A. and Ph.D. in history from Sydney University. She moved to Philadelphia last year with her husband, two children and a large brown dog.