Emma Barnett is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster, who, as a typical Northerner, has a lot to say and isn’t shy about saying it.
She is the Women’s Editor of The Telegraph, columnist and creator of Wonder Women, an irreverent and intelligent fast-paced daily section, filled with brilliant writers opining on everything from politics to sex. Sick of typical ‘women’s content’ being filled with ‘BMW’ – (an acronym she coined), ‘bitching, moaning and whining’ about the plight of being female, she decided to do something about it.
The section was recognised by the British Press Awards in 2014 and was shortlisted for the Digital Award. The judges described it as “the go-to site for young women” in Britain, which has set itself apart by the “quality of content” and “cheeky tone”.
BBC Radio 5 Live and Radio 4 Woman’s Hour
And when she’s not writing, Emma will almost certainly be found in a BBC radio studio chatting to anybody and everybody – from Yoko Ono, to the local school teacher.
As of November 2014 – Emma will be presenting an exciting new show on BBC Radio 5 Live every Sunday evening. Details of this innovative news programme are still under wraps – so watch this space for more information.
Emma is a regular guest presenter of Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4. The youngest ever host of the programme, she’s thrilled to be an active part of a show she’s been addicted to since she was a little girl.
In 2014, she also chaired the judging panel for the Woman’s Hour Power List and presented a series of special editions of the programme’s podcast.
Emma is a regular documentary maker for BBC Radio 4. Her latest project saw her explore the highly personal topic of faith. Her honesty resonated with many, as she questioned whether it’s possible to be an Orthodox Jew and a feminist, putting her own beliefs under the microscope.
In another recent doc, Women at War, Emma investigated the lives of women on the military front line around the globe and explored whether the British Army might change its rules to let women serve in these challenging positions.
LBC – London’s Biggest Conversation
Before joining the BBC, Emma tackled the biggest stories of the day on her weekly LBC Sunday drive-time show – for which she won the ‘Best New Radio Presenter’ gong at the Arqiva awards in 2012. The judges praised her warmth when listening to and interacting with callers.
She hosted the programme for three happy years and has many a tale to tell about her time fielding calls from extremely passionate Londoners – click here for more juicy insights.
Emma has been named in the Radio Academy’s prestigious ‘30 under 30’ list for the last two years running, which selects the brightest talent working in British radio aged under 30.
All things media and tech
Before becoming The Telegraph’s Women’s Editor, she was the newspaper’s Digital Media Editor – breaking news about the fast-moving world of technology and media and penning a business column for The Sunday Telegraph.
Whether it was hunting down the founders of Twitter in Silicon Valley for their first UK newspaper interview or grilling Arianna Huffington about the future of news, Emma was on it. She was named ‘Digital Journalist of the Year’ by the Association of Online Publishers in 2011 for her big impact in this field and also won the ‘Digital Writer of the Year’ gong at the Online Media Awards in the same year.
Emma still guest presents Radio 4’s Media Show.
In 2012 she presented Gadget Geeks, a 12-part prime-time TV show on Sky One about digital media and technology.
She is a regular commentator on women’s issues, media, social affairs, technology, politics and culture for ITV, Channel 4, BBC Three, BBC News, Sky News and CNN.
And fuelled by lots of tea, she writes columns and features for Red Magazine and Grazia.
Emma was highlighted by Red Magazine in its annual ‘20 under 30 Hot List’ which selects the most up and coming women aged under 30, across a range of industries, who are the ‘ones to watch’. She also won the ‘Media’ gong at the Women of the Future Awards in 2013.
According to some digital folk, she was ranked the ninth most influential British journalist on Twitter. You can follow her via @emmabarnett and make your own judgement.
This site contains a range of her written and broadcasting work.
Last updated September 2014