Journalist You Need To Know: Maeve McClenaghan



What’s her beat?

Maeve is an award-winning investigative journalist who works for The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (The Bureau), a London-based not-for-profit organisation that undertakes investigative journalism that is in the public interest.

Describe her in a sentence 

Fearless journalist with a flair for deeply investigating topics of interest, such as serious crimes, political corruption, or social injustice. 

Pitch or avoid?

Definitely pitch – her stories aren’t normally sourced from PR professionals but she appreciates the fundamental role played by PR people in the news making process. 

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Why do I need to know her? 

Maeve McClenaghan is definitely a name that you need to know especially because  The Bureau co-publishes its stories with major media outlets around the world so her stories reaches as many people as possible.

She has produced investigations for BBC radio, the Guardian and Buzzfeed UK. Her investigations have also featured in the New York Times, Le Monde, Times, Sunday Times, Telegraph, Al Jazeera English, Independent and Observer. 

Her most recent investigative story the ‘Dying Homelessness’ project, a year-long investigation that aimed to log how and when people were dying across the UK

won the award for best investigative journalism. The project was collaboratively done  with Charles Boutaud. For a year, Maeve McClenaghan attended funerals and inquests, interviewed family members, collected coroner’s reports, shadowed homeless outreach teams and compiled Freedom of Information requests. She travelled up and down the UK to Manchester, Glasgow, Brighton, Leeds, Bradford, Stafford, Milton Keynes and beyond, interviewing scores of people. Over the year the project repeatedly set the news agenda, provoked debates in parliament, and prompted more than 20 MPs to speak out on the issue. That’s how impactful the investigation was.

What’s her back story?

Maeve is the founder of the critically-acclaimed podcast The Tip Off, which focuses on asking journalists to explain how they got the leads for their biggest stories. It gives a satisfyingly dramatic look at the detective work behind journalism.

She has previously won the Bar Council’s Legal Reporting Award, Best New Podcast at the British Podcast Awards and has been a finalist for four Amnesty Media Awards, the Paul Foot Award and nominated twice for the Orwell Prize.

She also works part-time as a Senior Investigator for Greenpeace UK. Her research there has gone on to feature in the New York Times, Guardian and Sunday Times among others.