Katie Baker '08
From radio intern to producer at Oprah Radio, Katie Baker racks up the accolades while honing her skills
Katie Baker is the epitome of an award-winning talent on the rise. She was the first Columbia College Chicago student to intern at Oprah Radio, Sirius 204/XM 107, where she was subsequently hired as a full-time associate producer. Today, she is a producer for several shows, and has been recognized for her stellar work by winning three prestigious Gracie Awards over the past few years.
The Gracie Awards (also known as “The Gracies”) recognize exemplary programming created for women, by women and about women in all facets of media including radio, television, cable and new media. The awards program also encourages the realistic and multifaceted portrayal of women in entertainment, news, features and other programs.
Baker’s first Gracie Award was in 2009 in the Outstanding Talk Show category for her work on The Dr. Maya Angelou Show. She followed that up in 2011 in the Outstanding Talk Show Entertainment/Information category, for her work on, The Laura Berman Show.
In 2013, Baker was honored with her third Gracie Award, this time in the Outstanding Lifestyle Program category, for her work on O You 2012, a conference that O, The Oprah Magazine, puts together every year. Speakers included Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King, Suze Orman, Dr. Phil and Iyanla Vanzant.
With her attention to detail and dedication to her craft, Baker has become one of many in a long line of Radio Department alums who have succeeded in the industry. Baker credits Columbia: “There's not a day that goes by that I am not using skills I learned in my radio courses,” she says. “I'm writing on a weekly basis, and when I'm sitting in front of my computer struggling to come up with a show description or promo, I just remember what I learned in my Writing for Radio class.”
She adds: “I can't thank the Radio [program] enough for all they did while I was at Columbia. Without Columbia, I wouldn't be here at Oprah Radio.”