Hayley Hassall is an award-winning investigative journalist. She currently reports for BBC Sport, BBC Breakfast and The One Show, after many years working as an undercover reporter for Panorama.
Hayley’s undercover work over a period of years resulted in major improvements to British health care and earned her a BAFTA, an International Prix Europa award and two Royal Television Society awards.
Hayley was the first reporter to reveal the results of the UK general election in 2015 and has enjoyed presenting at live events such as Wimbledon and the Olympics.
Her recent documentary on The Winter Olympics was shown on Primetime BBC2 and iPlayer. For this Hayley battled -15-degree snow storms, reporting on snow-capped mountains and presenting for BBC live as the gold medals came sliding in.
Hayley has also reported for The One Show and Songs of Praise, covering a vast range of topics from children in poverty, beauty pageants to illegal cosmetic surgeries.
Hayley also anchors BBC children’s news programme, Newsround – she has carved out a niche for herself as the children’s home affairs reporter, successfully investigating child anorexia, homelessness, child poverty and abuse.
When you watch her speaking fluently on screen, you would never guess that she suffered from a bad stammer from the age of four. It wasn’t until Hayley was 11 that she was offered help in the form of speech therapy, which taught her techniques to help deal with the problem.
With one in ten children in the UK suffering from stutters and problems with their communication, Hayley has become an ambassador for the children’s speech, language and communication charity, I Can (ican.org.uk), which offers expert resources so children can be diagnosed and given help at an early stage.