On Friday, September 21, 2012, according to Wikipedia, British journalist Mike Baker died of cancer. He was 55.
Baker was best known for his work with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
Colchester Royal Grammar School in Essex and Emmanuel College, Cambridge were two institutes where Baker studied. He joined the BBC on their graduate trainee program in 1980.
Baker was a BBC Political Correspondent from 1980 to 1989, and he also spent time as a Foreign Correspondent and Deputy Home News Editor at the BBC. He, too, was a regular columnist for BBC News Online, The Education Guardian, and Education Journal.
From 1989 to 2007 Baker was the Corporation’s Education Correspondent.
Baker as a Journalist
This Education Journalist presented several series of programs on Teachers TV (a British website and former free-to-air Distance education, or learning, television channel).
Baker’s publications include Who Rules Our Schools and A Parents’ Guide to the New Curriculum.
Mike Baker was the first journalist to be appointed Visiting Professor at the Institute of Education. He held a Michigan journalism fellowship at the University of Michigan, and he was a Reuters Fellow at Green College, Oxford.
Another title of Baker’s included an Honorary Fellow of the College of Teachers. In addition, he was the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Education Journalist of the Year in 2008.
Baker died on September 21st. He had been receiving treatment for cancer, which he wrote about publicly in his blog.
Condolences go out to Mike Baker’s family and friends.