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Meet the judges for 2024

The longlist, shortlist and winner is chosen by a panel of independent judges, which changes every year.

Isabel Hilton

Isabel Hilton is a journalist, broadcaster and founder of China Dialogue, an independent, non-profit organisation based in London, Beijing and San Francisco. Over a long career in national and international print, online and broadcast media, she has covered global politics, conflict, development, human rights, climate change and environmental degradation. In recent years her work has focused on the impacts of a rising China with particular emphasis on climate change and China's global environmental footprint. Before founding China Dialogue, she was a writer and/or editor for a number of newspapers, including the Sunday Times, the Independent and The Guardian. She is currently Contributing Editor at Prospect. She has authored and co-authored several books and holds honorary doctorates from Bradford and Stirling Universities.

Heather Brooke

Heather Brooke is an award-winning investigative journalist, writer and former academic, best known for lifting the lid on the UK Parliamentary expenses scandal. She was Co-Chair of the British Press Awards 2023 and has been a judge for both the British Press and British Journalism Awards for over a decade. She has published three non-fiction books: The Revolution Will be Digitised, The Silent State and Your Right to Know. She has been director of the MA Investigative Journalism course at City, University of London where she was a professor. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University in New York City teaching investigative journalism.

Alison Flood

Alison Flood is culture and comment editor at New Scientist. She also reviews thrillers for the Observer and chairs the crime and thriller judging panel at the British Book Awards. She was previously books reporter at The Guardian.

Peter Hoskin

Peter Hoskin is books & culture editor at Prospect magazine and the Daily Mail’s games critic (and occasional film critic). He was previously executive editor of Tortoise Media, as well as deputy editor of Drugstore Culture and online editor of The Spectator. He has written about politics, culture and technology for publications including The Times, Tatler and 1843.

Tomiwa Owolade

Tomiwa Owolade is a journalist and author. He has written columns, essays and book reviews for various publications, including The Times, the Sunday Times, the New Statesman and the Observer. His first book, This is Not America, was published in June 2023.

Chitra Ramaswamy

Chitra Ramaswamy is an author and journalist. Her latest book, Homelands: The History of a Friendship (Canongate) is a work of creative non-fiction exploring her friendship with a German Jewish refugee called Henry Wuga. It won the Saltire Non-Fiction Book of the Year and was included in The Guardian’s top memoirs and biographies of 2022. Her first book, Expecting: The Inner Life of Pregnancy (Saraband) won the Saltire First Book of the Year Award, was shortlisted for the Polari Prize, and will be reissued in spring 2024. She is the restaurant critic for The Times Scotland, a TV critic and writer for The Guardian, broadcasts for BBC radio, and is currently working on her third book. She is from London and lives in Edinburgh.

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