The Tip Off is an independent podcast created, produced and hosted by UK-based investigative journalist Maeve McClenaghan. Launched in 2017, each episode goes behind the scenes of some of the best investigative journalism from recent years, as journalists tell us about the leads, the dead-ends and of course, the tip offs.

There are car chases, slammed doors, terrorist cells, meetings in dimly lit bars and cafés, wrangling with despotic regimes and much more.

If you’re curious about the fun, complicated detective work that goes into making great, impactful investigative journalism—then this is the podcast for you.


Maeve McClenaghan is a multi-award winning journalist, writer and host of The Tip Off podcast. She is an investigations correspondent for the Guardian, and previously worked for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. She has produced investigations for BBC radio, UnEarthed, the Guardian and Buzzfeed UK.

Her first book No Fixed Abode was published by Picador in September 2020. She has won the Bar Council’s Legal Reporting Award, the Royal Statistical Society’s Excellence in Journalism Award and the Expert Citizen’s Insight through Journalism Award. Maeve has been a finalist at the British Journalism Awards four times; shortlisted for five Amnesty Media Awards, the Paul Foot Award, London Press Club Digital Journalist of the Year, Words by Women News Reporter of the Year; and nominated for the prestigious Orwell Prize three times. She was an inaugural Bertha Foundation Fellow from 2019-2020 and her work has been used in parliamentary inquiries, a foreign Truth Commission, a Supreme Court judgement, and as an influence on new UNHCR guidelines.



The Tip Off

Executive Producer, Creator & Host

Maeve McClenaghan

Co-Executive Producers

Joaquin Alvarado

Ken Ikeda


Olivia Aylmer

Audio Editors

Chloe Behrens

Cheeka Ayers

Alice Milliken

Audio Mixer,
Sound Designer, Composer,
& Editorial Consultant

Claudia Meza

Transcription Support

Rushana Miller

Soobin Kim

Theme Music

Dice Muse

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