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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 books.

 In 2010 Candida was the Director of the Byron Bay Writers Festival and the Northern Rivers Writers’ Centre.

Candida currently writes a fortnightly column for The Northern Star entitled Candidly Speaking

             

The Sydney Morning Herald

"Amalgam of creative worlds"

February 2014

The Sydney Morning Herald

"Cool, becalmed, collected"

November 2013

The Sydney Morning Herald

"Bound for Botany"

November 2013

The Sydney Morning Herald

"Palette of Pristine Beauty"

August 2013

The Age

"Revolutionary moves"

July 2013

The Age

"The ride of her life"

July 2013

The Sydney Morning Herald

"From Paris to paradise along the rocky road of hope"

July 2013

The Guardian

"Review: My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Australia"

February 2013

The Sydney Morning Herald

"Sacred stories boldly painted"

February 2013

The Sydney Morning Herald

"The woman from Snowy River"

December 2012

The Sydney Morning Herald

"Lost and Found"

December 2012

The Weekend Australian Magazine

"Don't Rein Her In"

November 2011

The Sydney Morning Herald

"Finding inspiration in a hotel for businessmen"

February 2012

The Sydney Morning Herald

"Venue turns classics into rock opera"

February 2012

The Sydney Morning Herald

"La Stupenda set to weave spell again"

December 2011

The Sydney Morning Herald

"The Romantic" (Review)

October 2009

The Sydney Morning Herald

"Room" (Review)

October 2009

The Sydney Morning Herald

"Committed: A Sceptic Makes Peace with Marriage" (Review)

January 2010

The Sydney Morning Herald

"The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World" (Review)

February 2010

 

 

   

         

© Candida Baker 2010