Emma Barnett is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster, who has a lot to say, and isn’t shy about saying it (being a straight-talking Northerner trying to stay true to her Manchester roots in London).
She is the Women’s Editor of The Telegraph 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’s coined), ‘bitching, moaning and whining’ about the plight of being a woman, she decided to do something about it.
And when she’s not writing, Emma will almost certainly be found in a radio studio chatting to anybody and everybody – from Yoko Ono, to the local school teacher. She tackles the biggest stories of the day on her weekly Sunday drive-time show on LBC 97.3, 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.
In 2013 Emma was thrilled to start guest presenting Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4 and is the youngest ever host of the programme, that she’s been addicted to since she was a little girl.
She has also presented Radio 4’s Media Show and is a documentary maker for the network, as well as the BBC World Service. For her latest one, Women at War, she 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.
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.
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.
In 2012 she presented Gadget Geeks, a 12-part prime-time TV show on Sky One about digital media and technology.
Earlier this year, after the death of Margaret Thatcher, she made a controversial piece for Channel 4 about why the feminism-hating Prime Minister, was the ultimate feminist icon.
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.
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’.
Fuelled by lots of tea, she sometimes writes columns and features for Red Magazine, Grazia and Psychologies.
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 on 1st December 2013.