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, speaker and coach.

He worked for 12 years for the Financial Times, was the launch managing editor of Wired magazine in the UK and founding editor of The Wired World, Wired’s annual prediction of the year to come, 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.

David 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, the Economist and the Guardian. He writes a monthly column for Época Negócios, Brazil’s leading business magazine, and is a regular speaker at conferences across the world.

David has written and presented episodes of Radio 4’s flagship documentary series Analysis, made programmes for Radio 4’s Crossing Continents and In Business and reported for Radiolab from a mosquito factory in north-east Brazil.

Most recently he has written and presented editions of Crossing Continents about racism among Jews in Israel and the rise of an LGBT football league in Brazil, a probing Radio 4 documentary about how Jeff Bezos thinks, an Analysis asking if we should return works of art to their countries of origin and an episode of In Business about the effect of the COVID pandemic on automation in the workplace.

In 2013, David interned for two months at a dive shop in Mexico and qualified as a scuba divemaster. He is currently learning card magic and jazz piano. And he likes to swim in outdoor places, even in winter.