Heather Brooke

Department of Journalism City University

Professor Heather Brooke is an award-winning investigative journalist originally from the US now based in London. Her investigative journalism and legal action against the British Parliament for disclosure of MPs' expenses was the catalyst of the expenses scandal of 2009 that led to the biggest clear-out of politicians in decades and the first forced resignation of the Speaker of the House in 300 years. She went on to investigate hackers and Wikileaks, reporting for The Guardian. She is in two films resulting from her investigations: a BBC dramatisation about her MPs’ expenses investigation (On Expenses) and Alex Gibney’s documentary about Wikileaks entitled We Steal Secrets. She has published three non-fiction books based on her investigative work: The Revolution Will be Digitised (2011), The Silent State (2010) and Your Right to Know (2006). She runs the MA Investigative Journalism programme at City, University of London. In 2015-16 she also taught an investigative journalism course at Columbia University in New York City.

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Events IJF 2019
Events in past editions
#IJF13 / 28 april 2013

Can a crowd investigate?

Investigative journalism case studies -  a set of four events (one per day from Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 April) Can a crowd investigate? And how can journalists harness the power of social media...

#IJF13 / 26 april 2013

Access law

Investigative journalism case studies -  a set of four events (one per day from Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 April) The best scoops aren't handed out willingly. Press releases may increasingly fill re...

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