Hayley’s recent ITV current affairs programme on Tonight investigated Britain's obsession with personal injury claims, and the huge industry specialising in them - whether it be for holiday sickness or whiplash. Whilst the BBC1 current affairs programme Christmas City took a look behind the scenes at what it takes to get Christmas up and running in the UK. From growing the perfect Christmas tree, to patrolling the streets with the police. Hayley joined police raids with trading standards, tested the food at the new Christmas markets and spent time at hospices with the people who take care of dying patients at Christmas. Previous to this, she fronted the Winter Olympics documentary which played on Prime time 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.

 

In 2015 Hayley was the first reporter to reveal the results of the UK general election and has enjoyed presenting at live events such as Wimbledon and the Olympics.

 

As an investigative journalist Hayley worked for BBC current affairs programme 'Panorama', spending over a year and a half undercover. She spent most of 2007 working in three maternity hospitals across the UK where she uncovered over worked staff, lack of patient care and in the worst cases, pregnant women being left unattended and without beds or medication. In 2008 Hayley continued to work undercover and even changed her name whilst working as a carer for elderly people, where she exposed a severe failure in private equity home care. Hayley's undercover work 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 has also reported for The One Show and Songs of Praise, covering vast range of topics from children in poverty, beauty pageant to illegal cosmetic surgeries.

 

Currently Hayley 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. Hayley can also be seen on MOTD Kickabout covering the football update bulletins every Friday morning.

 

When you watch her speaking fluently on screen, you would never guess that she suffered from a bad stammer from the age of four. She was told she would grow out of it eventually, but at that age each day was a long time and she used to get teased. 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 and she now wants to raise awareness that one in ten children in the UK have problems with communication. Her experience has led her to 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.

 

To top this all off, Hayley has jumped out of a plane at 21 thousand feet, broke a world record, challenged the Prime Minister on child education and slept on the streets of London for 32 hours.

Credits Include:

 

Tonight (Presenter, ITV)

Christmas City (Presenter, BBC1)

The Winter Olympics - documentary (Presenter, BBC2)

Newsround (Anchor & Reporter CBBC)

MOTD Kickabout (Presenter, CBBC)

BBC Sport (Reporter)

BBC Breakfast (Reporter)

The One Show (Reporter, BBC1)

Songs of Praise (Reporter, BBC1)

Sunday Morning Live (Presenter, BBC1)

Panorama (Undercover Reporter, BBC)

BAFTA Award

International Prix Europa Award

Royal Television Society Award x2

I CAN (Celebrity Ambassador)

Hayley is an award winning investigative journalist from Blackpool who can be seen presenting programming across BBC1, BBC2 and CBBC. Most recently she reported for current affairs programme Tonight on ITV, Christmas City on BBC1, The Winter Olympics documentary for BBC2 and is the anchor on BBC children's news programme, Newsround. Hayley also reports for BBC Sport, BBC Breakfast and The One Show, after many years working as an undercover reporter for Panorama.

HAYLEY HASSALL