Sarah Baxter

Sarah April Louise Baxter (born 25 November 1959) is a British journalist. Since 2013, she has been the deputy editor of The Sunday Times.

Sarah Baxter
Sarah April Louise Baxter

(1959-11-25) 25 November 1959
London, England
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom and United States
Alma materSt Hilda's College, Oxford

Early life

Baxter was born on 25 November 1959 in London, England.[1] She is the daughter of an American mother, and has dual citizenship.[2]


Baxter was educated in the US and France, and in the UK at Ashford School, a co-educational independent school in the town of Ashford in Kent and North London Collegiate School, a girls' independent day school in the district of Edgware in north London. She studied modern history at St Hilda's College, Oxford, graduating in 1981.[1][3]

Life and career

After leaving university, Baxter worked for Penguin Books as a copywriter and then Virago Press as a press officer.[3]

Journalistic career

Following a period as an editor for the London edition of Time Out, she joined the New Statesman where she became the political editor.[4] She then joined The Observer where she eventually became senior associate editor[5] responsible for the comment section. Baxter left The Observer in 1996.[5]

Baxter moved to The Sunday Times following an appointment as editor of the News Review section, a post in which she remained for four years.[6] From July 2001, Baxter was based in New York.[7] She became the Washington correspondent of The Sunday Times in 2005,[8] before returning to London in 2009 to become editor of the newspaper's magazine,[9] which she edited until September 2015. In June 2013, she was appointed the deputy editor of The Sunday Times [10][11] and is a non-executive director of Times Newspapers Holdings Ltd.[3]

Personal life

Sarah Baxter's husband, Jez Coulson,[12] is a British photographer; the couple have two children.[13]


  1. 'BAXTER, Sarah April Louise', Who's Who 2017, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2017; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2016; online edn, Nov 2016 accessed 25 Nov 2017
  2. Baxter, Sarah (17 October 2004). "I'm a Democrat for Bush". The Sunday Times. London. Retrieved 22 November 2015. (subscription required)
  3. "Sarah Baxter – History, 1978". St Hilda's College, Oxford. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  4. Baxter, Sarah (14 March 2013). "Ken v Saddam, dinner with David Blunkett, and when Julie was queen of the Groucho". New Statesman.
  5. "Media: Targett hired for Observer post". PR Week. 12 April 1996. Sources vary as to Baxter's exact job title. An earlier PR Week article (Media: Briefs", 8 March 1996), announcing her promotion, has her new post given as "senior assistant editor".
  6. Hodgson, Jessica (19 March 2001). "New York correspondent quits Sunday Times"". The Guardian.
  7. Morgan, Jean (23 May 2001). "Shake-up at Sunday Times". Press Gazette. Archived from the original on 7 July 2013.
  8. "Sarah Baxter". News UK.
  9. Ponsford, Dominic (4 February 2009). "Robin Morgan leaves Sunday Times Magazine". Press Gazette. Archived from the original on 25 February 2014.
  10. Haggerty, Angela (21 June 2013). "David Dinsmore to replace Dominic Mohan as Sun editor and Sarah Baxter gets Sunday Times move". The Drum.
  11. Spanier, Gideon (26 June 2013). "In the air: Murdoch rebrands papers as News UK". London Evening Standard.
  12. "Photo blogging". The Atlantic. 6 June 2007.
  13. Levy, Katherine (2 February 2012). "Baxter celebrates positive power of journalism". Campaign.
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Preceded by
Martin Ivens
Deputy Editor of The Sunday Times
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