Katie J.M. Baker is Going to BuzzFeed

Katie J.M. Baker

Katie J.M. Baker (image via Twitter)

Writer Katie J.M. Baker is going to BuzzFeed, where she covers criminal justice and legal/social issues in higher education, according to an email that BuzzFeed’s news editor Lisa Tozzi sent to staff this morning. 

Ms. Baker has been a reporter at Newsweek since the fall. Before that, she worked at Jezebel. 

“I was very happy working at Newsweek, but BuzzFeed is hiring me to do what I love most: investigative reporting on issues related to higher education. I’m super excited!” Ms. Baker told us via Gchat.

Ms. Baker starts at BuzzFeed on April 1, just in time to cover spring break.

BuzzFeed memo below:

I’m thrilled to announce Katie J.M. Baker will be joining the news team to cover criminal justice and other legal and social issues related to college campuses. Katie will be working closely with Jess Testa, who has been doing a great job heading up our rape culture coverage. 

Katie is currently at Newsweek where she has done deep dives into the failures of mental health services at U.S. colleges and LGBT life in Ethiopia , and interviewed two of the women who claim to have been sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby.  (She is the “frisky” “gal” reporter a source mentioned in Kate Authur’s story about Cosby).
 
Before joining Newsweek, Katie was at Jezebel where she covered the Stubenville rape story and the dark underbelly of Miss America and a variety of other stories, and the San Francisco Chronicle. 
Katie will start April 1. You can follow her at @katiejmbaker!
Join me in welcoming her to BuzzFeed! 
 
Full disclosure: Ms. Baker used to be my roommate.