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. The following year, she obtained the full batch of 251,287 US diplomatic cables from a Wikileaks insider and worked with The Guardian newspaper on a month-long exposé of global diplomatic relations.
Heather is a professor of journalism at City University, London, and a visiting fellow in contemporary history at the University of East Anglia where she is curating a lecture series titled Misinformation: Power, Propaganda & the Press for Thought Out, a new research organisation on critical thinking.
Heather 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.
Before moving to Britain, Heather worked as a political and crime reporter in the United States.