Gregory Martin Baum
(born 14 December 1959) is an Australian sports journalist
Early years and education
He was born in the Melbourne
suburb of Boronia
, the first of five children. He attended St Joseph's Primary School, Boronia, and later St Joseph's High School, Ferntree Gully, graduating in 1975. He began work on the local paper, the Boronia Advertiser, as a politics and sports correspondent in 1976.
After a number of his articles on the local football competition were republished in The Sun-Herald
, a major newspaper in Melbourne, he was offered a job by that newspaper. He became a full time sportswriter for the paper, and in this time travelled to Europe and India on a number of occasions.
In May 1989 he was offered a job by Fairfax Publications at The Age
, the Sun's main rival. Baum has continued to write for The Age, where he is a Senior Sports Writer, as well as writing for the Guardian of London and editing the Australian edition of Wisden. He has received a number of awards for his work, from the Melbourne Cricket Ground
Trust, the Victorian Boxing Association and the Australian Press Association. He also received a 2008 Walkley Award
in the "Commentary, analysis, opinion, and critique" category.