About Emma

Emma Barnett is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster. She was recently named in the Indy’s Hot List – 10 faces to watch in 2015.

She is the Women’s Editor of The Telegraph – where she created and runs Telegraph Wonder Women – the “go-to site for young women in Britain” according to the British Press Awards. Covering news, politics, work, society, religion and relationships, Emma came up with the idea after feeling exasperated with the way ‘women’s issues’ were being covered by the mainstream media.

Emma is also a columnist for the paper – sharing her opinion every week on the biggest issues of the day.

When she isn’t writing, Emma can be found in a radio studio. She presents the BBC 5 Live Hit List – a fast-paced innovative Sunday evening show which counts down the nation’s top 40 news stories – based on their digital reading habits. It has been praised for setting out the “real people’s news agenda”.

Emma regularly presents BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour – a lifelong dream realised and is the youngest presenter in the programme’s history to do so. As part of her ongoing work for the show, she chairs the Woman’s Hour Power List – rewarding the UK’s top women every year for their achievements and records in-depth features. A stand-out project was her retracing of Sylvia Pankhurst’s footsteps for a special Woman’s Hour series covering the lives of working women in today’s Britain.

As well as the Independent’s top 10 new faces, Emma also made it into the Radio Academy’s 30 under 30 hot list for two years running – and was named best new radio presenter at the Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards.

Emma is thrilled to have had the opportunity to deliver a TEDx talk – which prompted her to explore an issue close to her heart: female ambition. In her thought-provoking lecture – ‘The Secrets That Snails Can Teach Women About Success’, she explains how women are just as ambitious as men – but regularly end up “losing custody of their ambition, often without even realising it”.

She is a documentary maker for Radio 4. Recent docs include: America’s Fan Club – a behind-the -scenes look at the Daughters of the American Revolution – one of the largest women-only groups in the world – who congregate once a year in ballgowns and white gloves in Washington. Emma has also investigated the rise of mindfulness; the march of military women around the world to the front line; and in a highly personal piece – her own hypocritical views of female rabbis.

Emma is a regular face on TV screens too regularly appearing on BBC News, Sky News and current affairs programmes like ITV’s The Agenda.

She also enjoys chairing live events – hosting big ticket events such as ‘’Telegraph Question Time’ at the Hay on Wye literary festival, panels at the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World festival and evenings for groups like the prestigious 30 Club. Emma regularly hosts evenings with top celebrities  for the children’s rights charity Plan UK.

Before joining the BBC, Emma spent three very happy years presenting LBC’s Sunday drive-time show – and has many a brilliant tale to tell about her time fielding calls from extremely passionate Londoners.

And prior to 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, interviewing Silicon Valley’s biggest hitters and penning a business column. She was named Digital Journalist of the Year twice for her impact in this field by the Association of Online Publishers and the Online Media Awards.

During this period, she presented Gadget Geeks, a 12-part prime-time TV show on Sky One about how technology is improving our lives.

Emma continues to write regular features and comment pieces for the Radio Times, Grazia and Red magazine.

And in her spare time she volunteers for Smartworks, a charity that helps disadvantaged women get back into the workplace through dressing and preparing them for job interviews. She also loves travelling, eating and cooking (but mainly eating) with her husband. Emma is currently learning how to draw and paint (badly).

This site contains a range of her written and broadcasting work.

Last updated September 2015