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Sarah Baxter, MA

Director, Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting
Visiting Professor, Foreign Reporting

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Sarah Baxter

Sarah Baxter joined the School of Communication and Journalism after extensive experience as an editor and foreign correspondent, working mostly in North America for London’s Sunday Times.

In addition to teaching journalism, Baxter is the director of the Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting. The Center, founded in 2013, honors the late Marie Colvin, who was killed by Bashar al-Assad’s regime during the war in Syria. It champions the causes for which Colvin gave her life: human rights, justice for victims of war, support for refugees, and attention to the safety of reporters at risk. 

As a reporter and editor, Baxter covered the Obama and Trump campaigns, the election of Nelson Mandela in South Africa, the rise of Hamas in Gaza, the refugee crisis in Greece, and conditions at Guantanamo Bay for the Sunday Times and other newspapers and magazines. More recently, she has written about efforts to uncover and atone for the abuses of Canada’s residential schools.

Baxter has served as a mentor and advocate for other reporters and aspiring journalists as well. She has mentored fellow members of the Women in Journalism organization, helped to launch an LGBTQ+ group for employees at News UK, and assisted with a program for aspiring journalists from underrepresented communities in the UK.

She has anchored current affairs programs on BBC television and ITV News and is a regular broadcaster on Times Radio and contributor to the Stories of Our Times podcast. She holds an MA in Modern History from Oxford University and has lectured in journalism at Wilkes University and City, University of London.