David Baker smiling at the camera behind a microphone in a radio studio
“ A relentless journalist seeking answers to some of the biggest questions. ” Mark Leruste

David Baker is a writer, broadcaster, coach and consultant.

He worked for 12 years for the Financial Times, was the launch managing editor of Wired magazine in the UK and is a regular presenter on BBC Radio 4 and the World Service. He also teaches at The School of Life in London and São Paulo.

He specialises in using simple language to bring complex topics to new audiences and has a particular interest in the future of work and the effect of technology on human beings. 

His work has appeared in many publications in print and online, including Wired, the Financial Times, the Independent, the Times, the Sunday Telegraph, Wallpaper and the Guardian, and he is a regular speaker at conferences across the world.

David has reported on a revolutionary new way of growing sugar for BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme, written and presented episodes of Radio 4’s flagship documentary slot Analysis – on the future of the internet, the values of Silicon Valley and the downsides of gentrification – and reported from a mosquito factory in north-east Brazil for Radiolab in New York.

Most recently, he wrote and presented an edition of Radio 4’s Crossing Continents, about children and adolescents who live on the streets of Salvador, north-east Brazil, an Analysis on the fall of the Brazilian economy and an intimate and soul-searching documentary for the World Service’s Heart and Soul, about LGBT Jews and Muslims fighting to stay within their faiths.

In 2013, he interned for two months at a dive shop in Mexico and qualified as a scuba divemaster. And he likes to swim in outdoor places, even in winter.