I’m Harriet Cooke, a freelance investigative journalist producing stories for national papers and TV news programmes.
I regularly work for The Sun, and have also written and researched for The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday and Channel 4’s Dispatches.
On this site you will find my portfolio of investigative work, which I am keen to develop as I learn new skills.
Let me know what you think! I’m keen for any story ideas or tips or advice. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
A bit more about me…
I can’t say I always wanted to be a journalist, but I was a very keen member of Newsround’s Press Pack – the BBC’s club for aspiring young journos. I decided to go for it after completing my English degree at UCL, where I dabbled a bit with student magazine writing.
Getting a trainee reporter job wasn’t too hard! I did some work experience at my local paper, the Sevenoaks Chronicle, and just kept coming in until a job came up. From then on I was a journalist – proudly brandishing a real press card! I was given my own patch to cover, really a very sleepy cluster of villages, but I was so excited it didn’t matter. I had an opportunity to set myself up in a profession I loved.
I could write so much about the years I spent in local journalism. There were lots of adventures, and I can say there really is no better way for a very green trainee hack to cut their teeth. With the inquests, warring councillors, planning disputes, court reporting, death knocking, even the flower shows, you see and engage with the full range of human life, and properly learn the craft of reporting on it. I worked my way up to the post of news editor of the Kent and Sussex Courier, and then moved on to the nationals.
I now specialise in consumer, data and FOI journalism, writing freelance for a number of papers. I’m always open to ideas, so please get in touch if you have a story.
Oh… and any aspiring journalists are also welcome to call me. Having managed a newspaper I know a little about recruitment and training, and will happily provide tips to anyone starting out.