About the Speaker

Gerard Baker writes a column on US politics and policy, for The Financial Times, which appears every Thursday. He came to Washington, DC in 1996 after almost three years as a Financial Times Tokyo correspondent, covering Japan’s unfolding financial crisis and broader economic issues. Between 1998 and 2002 he was Washington Bureau Chief.

Born in 1962, he attended Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where he took a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. After university, he worked for the Bank of England as a research analyst and then as an economist for a commercial bank in the city of London. In 1987, he joined London Weekend Television as a researcher/reporter for news and current affairs programs. In 1988 he joined the BBC, where he worked on a variety of programs with an economics and business angle. He left the BBC for The Financial Times at the end of 1993.

In 1999 he was selected as a finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award for business journalism in the field of commentary for his writing on US economics. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife Sally and three daughters.