Emma Barnett is an award-winning broadcaster, journalist and author. By day, she presents The Emma Barnett Show on BBC Radio 5 Live in which she interviews key figures shaping our times, from the Prime Minister to those who would very much like to be. By night, she presents the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme, Newsnight, on BBC Two and hosts Late Night Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4.
In 2019 Emma published her first book: Period. It's About Bloody Time, in a bid to finally end the bizarre taboo surrounding menstruation. Described as funny and moving, the book is a manifesto to finally bring periods out of the darkness of women's pants and into the light.
Emma was named Radio Broadcaster of the Year by the Broadcasting Press Guild in 2018 for her agenda-setting interviews. The Emma Barnett Show (Monday-Thursday 10am-1pm) won Gold at the the Radio Academy Awards 2018, for Best News Coverage of real-life stories. She was also named Broadcaster of the Year 2017 by the Political Studies Association.
On TV she makes films for The One Show and has previously presented The Andrew Marr Show, Politics Live and used to co-present the weekend debate programme on BBC One, Sunday Morning Live. She also launched and co-hosted The Pledge, a fast-paced debate programme on Sky News and did the same on ITV with After the News, a daily late-night news show.
On radio Emma makes documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and the World Service - in which she has investigated a wide range of subjects including: the march of military women to the front line; the personal hypocrisy within religion; the rise of mindfulness and whether we have a right to be forgotten in the digital age.
She started her broadcasting career on LBC radio - where she used to host the Sunday drive-time programme and for which she was named the best new radio presenter at the Arqiva commercial radio awards 2012. She then landed her first BBC radio show on Sunday evenings for Radio 5 Live called The Hit List - which revealed the 40 most shared and talked about stories of the week - before transferring to her own named programme in the station’s daily schedule.
Emma also writes a weekly column for The Sunday Times Magazine. Entitled Tough Love, she advises readers who come to her with their deepest problems - from difficult children to even worse partners. As the title suggests, she doesn’t mince her words. She also writes columns for the main section of The Sunday Times and a range of magazines - including Vogue, Radio Times and Harper’s Bazaar.
Before joining The Sunday Times, Emma worked for The Daily Telegraph for seven years - initially as the paper’s first Digital Media Editor covering technology and media, and then as its Women’s Editor - which saw her create, launch and edit the paper’s agenda-setting women’s section - described by the British Press Awards as the “go-to site for young women in Britain”.
She was twice named Digital Journalist of the Year by the Association of Online Publishers and the Online Media Awards.
Emma is a patron of Smartworks, a charity which helps economically disadvantaged women get back into the workplace through interview training and having the right outfit to make the best first impression. She has been a volunteer dresser for more than a decade - helping women discover the best outfit to land the job - and in 2017 was very proud to become one of the charity’s patrons.
She also supports Endometriosis UK, a charity dedicated to helping women suffering from Endo navigate each day and raising money for much-needed research into this incurable disease.
Emma, originally from Manchester, now lives in London with her husband and son.
Follow her latest updates on Twitter and Instagram @emmabarnett