2024 Journalism prize finalist

Heidi Blake

The New Yorker

Heidi Blake is a staff writer at The New Yorker, having previously worked as an investigative reporter and editor at BuzzFeed News, The Sunday Times and The Daily Telegraph. She is the author of From Russia with Blood: The Kremlin’s Ruthless Assassination Program and Vladimir Putin’s Secret War on the West, based on an investigation that was a Pulitzer finalist and won I.R.E.’s Tom Renner Award in 2018. She is also the co-author of The Ugly Game: The Corruption of FIFA and the Qatari Plot to Buy the World Cup, drawing on hundreds of millions of documents leaked from inside FIFA.

Her shortlisted pieces are:


Heidi Blake’s accounts of the ordeals of middle eastern princesses are superb pieces of writing.  She brings together previously known and new evidence to set out accounts that are both detailed and pacey.  These are serious pieces of work but also gripping reads.
– David Gauke, 2024 Orwell Prize for Journalism judge