Julia Baird is a journalist, broadcaster, columnist and political commentator. She has been a columnist and deputy editor of Newsweek, host of the investigative radio program Sunday Profile on the ABC, and currently hosts The Drum on ABC TV. She is a columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald and the New York Times. She has a PhD in history and is a former fellow at the Joan Shorenstein Center on Media Politics and Public Policy at the Kennedy School, Harvard. She has recently written a biography of Queen Victoria.