The award-winning journalist and broadcaster, Emma Barnett is the new host of BBC 5Live morning programme and 5Live Daily with Emma Barnett. Emma’s career has seen her work for the likes of The Daily Telegraph as a Digital Media and Women Editor, The Sunday Times as a columnist, and co-presenting BBC One’s Sunday Morning Live. Emma is also a seasoned expert on speaking about women's issues and how they are portrayed in the media; covering topics including news, politics, work, society, religion and relationships.
With her 5Live prime-time programme, Emma's audience is often left surprised and informed, as it uncovers hidden news stories and takes radio coverage to places it’s never been before. Over on BBC 5Live Emma presents The Hit List, which assesses the nation's digital reading habits to find the top 40 news stories. This programme is very well received by Emma's audience and is often described as the real people’s news agenda. Following her lifelong dream and her record as the programme's youngest ever presenter, Emma regularly presents BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. As part of the show she chairs the Woman's Hour Power Listwhich rewards the UK’s top women every year for their achievements and records. Sunday Times readers love Emma's style of writing and ruthlessly honest advice in her column, Tough Love. This column encourages readers to write in with their problems and Emma offers them her advice.
Emma has won a multitude of awards for her contribution to journalism spanning her entire career. At the 2012 Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards Emma was named Best Newcomer followed by two consecutive mentions on the annual lists of the Radio Academy’s 30 under 30 list. The previous year Red magazine placed Emma on the 20 under 30 Hot List feature. Emma is a highly regarded and trusted journalist having achieved the status of Digital Journalist of the Year 2011 by the Association of Online Publishers and then Digital Writer of the Year 2011 at the Online Media Awards. She is a confident after dinner host who often is seen chairing live events such as the Telegraph Question Time at The Hay Festival, evenings at the prestigious 30 club and the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World festival.
Not only is she busy hosting big events, but she also regularly makes documentaries for Radio 4 and the BBC World Service and is a proud, long-term volunteer for Smartworks; a charity with a main goal to get disadvantaged women back into a workplace, which perfectly coincides with Emma's passion. Emma is a confident after dinner speaker with a wealth of experience. At her TEDx Talk she spoke about her passion of female ambition and she is known to deliver an extremely thought-provoking talk on The Secrets That Snails Can Teach Women About Success where she develops the concept that women are just as ambitious as men.