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Heather Brooke


Department of Journalism

Heather Brooke is an award-winning journalist whose investigative journalism and legal action against the British Parliament for disclosure of MPs' expenses was the catalyst of the expenses scandal of 2009 and led to the biggest clear-out of  politicians in decades and the first forced resignation of the Speaker of the House in 300 years. In 2010, she obtained 251,287 US diplomatic cables from a Wikileaks insider and worked with The Guardian newspaper on a month-long exposé of global diplomatic relations.

She is the author of Your Right to Know (Pluto Press 2004, 2006), The Silent State (Heinemann 2010) and The Revolution Will Be Digitised (Heinemann, 2011).

She has won numerous awards including the Judges' Prize at the 2010 British Press Awards, the FOI Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), and a Freedom of Expression Award from Index on Censorship. The Sunday Times in 2014 named her one of the Top 100 Makers of the 21st Century.  She was runner-up for the inaugural Paul Foot Award for investigative journalism and her project 'Justice by postcode' for The Times was one of the first examples of computer-assisted reporting in the UK.

She appears in two films: On Expenses - a BBC dramatisation about her parliamentary investigation, and Alex Gibney's documentary We Steal Secrets about Wikileaks, hackers and the digital revolution. 

She is on the advisory board of Open Rights Group and is a trustee of Privacy International.

Before moving to Britain, Heather worked as a political and crime reporter in the United States. 


Twitter: @newsbrooke

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