Candida Baker started her journalism career
as a travel journalist.
She covered the 1977 London-to-Sydney Car
Rally for the London Times, which led to further travel and adventures stories
once she was based in Australia.
In her first few years of journalism, Candida wrote and took
photographs on events such as the First Himalayan Car Rally and the Repco
Around Australia Rally; she also wrote stories on a wide variety of subjects
including an exploration of the Barrier Reef after the crown of thorns starfish
devastation, undertook a week-long wilderness ride in the Barrington Tops and
went on a caving expedition near Goulburn.
In 1980 she joined Cleo magazine as a
sub-editor, and a year later transferred to writing for the magazine. In 1982 she moved to Melbourne, and was
a news sub-editor on The Age for a year before she was offered the position of
Arts Editor on the then newly formed Time Australia magazine.
In 1985 Candida moved back to Sydney to
take up the position of Arts Editor of the Times on Sunday newspaper. When the paper closed in 1988 The Age
offered her a position as a features writer based in Sydney, a position she
held for seven years.
During that time Candida interviewed many
of the great Australian and international arts figures of the day, including
Joan Sutherland, David Attenborough, Yehudi Menuhin and Geoffrey Rush.
In 1994 Candida was appointed deputy editor
of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Weekend magazine, and a year later Arts
Editor of the Sydney Morning Herald. During her time at the SMH she instituted a number of changes and
substantially increased the film coverage in the paper.
In 1997 Candida took up the position of
Editor of The Australian’s Weekend Australian Magazine. Appointed to re-design the magazine and
take it up in size, Candida hired new columnists, including Mystic Medusa and
Susan Maushart. During her five
years as editor, the magazine became well known for its photo-journalism, with
many of the photographers featured in its pages winning awards for their work.
In 2001 Candida left the magazine to
concentrate on her books, and to further her own two personal passions –
natural horsemanship and photography.
A move out of Sydney to the Byron Bay
hinterland in order to live with her horses, led to several group photography
shows, as well as individual commissioned work. She also worked part-time as the Weekender Editor for the
local regional paper, The Northern Star, and continued to write articles and
In 2010 Candida was the
Director of the Byron Bay Writers Festival and the Northern Rivers Writers’
Candida currently writes a fortnightly column for The Northern Star entitled Candidly Speaking