Elena Egawhary

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  • Studentship: London School of Economics

I studied to be a human rights lawyer and ended up as an investigative journalist. While working as a legal reporter, I was awarded a bursary from the Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation to study for an MSc in Financial Regulation and Corporate and Financial Crime at the London School of Economics.

My writing has been published in The Guardian, The New Statesman, The Independent, Television Magazine, BBC News Online and Focus on Africa.

I have used data journalism skills and Freedom of Information Requests to help uncover failings in the UK’s child protection system, to uncover police forces’ inappropriate use of cautions for serious crimes and I currently investigate for BBC Newsnight and BBC Panorama. I was the researcher on the RTS award-winning Panorama programme which investigated the death of Baby Peter.

I teach data journalism skills internationally and believe the most effective investigative journalism combines many skills (it’s not just data crunching). I am grateful to the brave people who choose to speak out, without whom there would be no story.