Hazel Sheffield


Hazel Sheffield is a British multimedia journalist living in London.

Her work can be found at the Guardian, the Times, the Financial Times, Wired, the AtlanticInstitutional Investor, The Economist, Vice, the BBC and the Columbia Journalism Review.

Hazel was the Fulbright Alistair Cooke scholar at Columbia Journalism School in New York, 2011-12, where she made a documentary about a record store that was bought by the BBC.

She was the business editor of the Independent until summer 2016, when she left to found farnearer.org. This project, funded by the Friends Provident Foundation and Power To Change, documents communities experimenting with alternative economies during austerity and Brexit. In 2019, Far Nearer was highly commended in the Georgina Henry Award for Innovation at the Society Of Editors’ Press Awards.

In winter 2018, Hazel was an IJP fellow on the politics desk of the Sächsische Zeitung in Dresden, Germany, covering migration and the rise of the far right.

In 2019, Hazel worked with Huffington Post and the Bureau Local, part of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, on an investigation into the thousands of parks, libraries, community centres and other spaces sold by councils under austerity. Sold From Under You included an interactive map. It was shortlisted at the 2019 Data Journalism Awards and the 2020 Sigma Awards.