Julia Baird

Julia Baird

"Seek awe and nature daily.. show kindness; practise grace; eschew vanity; be bold; embrace friends, family, faith and doubt, imperfection and mess; and live deliberately."

Julia Baird is a multi-talented Australian journalist broadcaster and author. She writes for The Sydney Morning Herald and The New York Times, and often hosts The Drum.

When it comes to writing books, Julia has released several non-fiction titles. Her first was Media Tarts, which explores how the Australian press frames female politicians. Baird’s second release, Victoria: The Queen, explores the true story of Queen Victoria’s life. She has also written Phosphorescence, which was named as the non-fiction book of the year in 2021 by the Indie Book Awards, and won both the Book of the Year and General Nonfiction Book of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards. Recently, she released Bright Shining, a new title the explores grace.

Meet Julia Baird

Julia Baird was born in Sydney in 1967. Her father is Bruce Baird, a man who would eventually go on to become the deputy leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party. However, much of Julia’s childhood was spent in New York while Bruce worked in Manhattan.

After returning to Australia, Julia’s HSC results set her in the top 20 students in New South Wales. She then studied at the University of Sydney, earning a Bachelor of Arts and a PhD in history. Next, she became a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and years later in 2018 the University of Divinity made her an honorary Doctor of Divinity.

As for work, she started at The Sydney Morning Herald in 1998, and quickly won an award for her work on that year’s federal election. She then returned to New York to work as the deputy editor of Newsweek until it closed in 2012, at which point she returned to Australia and began work for Sunday Profile and The Drum.

Today, Baird is divorced with two children and is a cancer survivor.