Unlike other sportswriters on this Heidi Blake is not just a sports-focused writer, she is an award winning, world-class British investigative reporter who works as the lead investigative reporter for BuzzFeed in London, England. She started her career with the goal of being a professional novelist, or even a poet. But once she realized that those dreams wouldn’t pay the bills, she turned her hand to journalism.
Blake started her journalism career editing the University of York student newspaper paper, Nouse. She won three Guardian Student Media Awards for her work at the paper in 2007, including student journalist of the year. She then graduated and joined the Telegraph graduate program in 2008 after completing her degree in English and Politics and obtaining the highest grade with distinction.
Once she had joined the Telegraph graduate program she was sent to the Yorkshire Post. There, she wrote stories that gained national attention from several different newspapers. Blake said that this is when she really got the bug for getting to the bottom of a story by immersing herself in new walks of life.
After completing her training, Heidi worked as a general news reporter and then an investigations correspondent at the Telegraph before being headhunted to join The Sunday Times Insight investigations team in 2011. There deepened those investigative skills, breaking a story on the corruption of FIFA , based on a cache of hundreds of millions of documents which revealed bribes paid by Qatari football officials for the rights to host the 2022 World Cup.
In March 2015, Blake moved to her current post as UK Investigations Editor for BuzzFeed in London, where she and her colleague John Templeton revealed widespread evidence of match fixing at the top level of international tennis.
She has won 16 national and international awards and many more nominations for her work, some of which are:
2007 Student Journalist of the Year, best feature writer and best diversity writer (Nouse) – Guardian Student Media Awards
2014 Sports journalist of the year, Investigation of the Year, Business Journalist of the Year (with Jonathan Calvert, Insight team, Sunday Times), – British Journalism Awards
2014 Paul Foot award for Investigative journalism (with Jonathan Calvert, Insight team, Sunday Times).
2014 – Scoop of the Year – (with Jonathan Calvert, Insight team, Sunday Times). The London Press Club
2015 – Digital Journalist of the Year (BuzzFeed) – London Press Club
2016 – Breaking News Story of the Year (BuzzFeed) – Online Media Awards