Alexandra Heal Wins the Private Eye Paul Foot Award 2020

The Private Eye Paul Foot Award for Investigative and Campaigning Journalism has been awarded to ALEXANDRA HEAL, THE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM/VARIOUS OUTLETS for her Nowhere to Turn campaign.

Ian Hislop, the Editor of Private Eye, said: “This year we decided to do something a little bit different. Because we had to. So rather than all go to Barnard Castle we decided to do this year’s awards ceremony virtually – as a big event in your front room. So congratulations to Alexandra Heal. Her entry was a terrific win against a really classy field of entries.”

Padraig Reidy, Chair of Judges, The Private Eye Paul Foot Award, said: “In spite of the extraordinary circumstances of the pandemic, there was no drop in the quantity or quality of entries for the Paul Foot Award this year. The judges were tremendously impressed by the range of entries, and the emergence of so much new journalistic talent. It’s a privilege to honour Alexandra Heal’s important work, and the work of all the shortlisted entrants.”

Due to current regulations in place around Covid-19, the awards ceremony – normally held at BAFTA -took place online and can be viewed at A piece on the winner will also run in print issue 1524 of Private Eye, available Wednesday 17th June.



  • Katie J.M. Baker & Tom Warren, BuzzFeed News
    WWF’s Secret War
  • Kit Chellel, Joe Light and Ruth Olurounbi, Bloomberg Businessweek
    Is One Of The World’s Biggest Lawsuits Built On A Sham?
  • Alexandra Heal, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism/Various Outlets
    Nowhere To Turn
  • Frances Ryan, The Guardian
    Britain’s Disability Scandal
  • Charles Thomson, Yellow Advertiser
    Paedophile Police Informant Investigation
  • Nadine White/Emma Youle, HuffPost UK
    SPAC Nation Investigation

This year’s judging panel, chaired by Padraig Reidy, Little Atoms, comprised Julia Langdon, Political Journalist and Broadcaster; Simon Jenkins, The Guardian; Helen Lewis, Author, Journalist and Broadcaster; Francis Wheen, Private Eye; Matt Foot, criminal defence solicitor; Janine Gibson, FT and Emily Dugan, Buzzfeed, who won the 2019 Paul Foot Award.

Set up in memory of revered journalist Paul Foot, who died in 2004, the award honours the UK’s most brilliant, talented and determined journalists working in the fields of investigative and campaigning journalism today.     @PrivateEyeNews   #paulfootaward

For further information, please contact Amelia Knight, [email protected].

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