If you've spent much time on TechRepublic, you've probably noticed Nick Heath's byline on an astounding array of different topics—from conflict minerals in the Congo to Microsoft's ouster from Munich, Germany to in-depth coverage on the unexpected rise of the Raspberry Pi.
The London-based journalist has served as TechRepublic's Chief Reporter for the past two years, covering enterprise technology on a global scale—wherever the story takes him. While Nick works out of our UK newsroom, he has deftly covered stories in the US, Europe, and Africa with equal skill.
That work was recognized last year when Nick won first place in investigative reporting in the 2015 Azbee awards for his long form article How conflict minerals funded a war that killed millions, and why tech giants are finally cleaning up their act.
"I wanted to do a story that had some sort of importance—something that affects people's lives, and looks at how they fit in with the wider world," Nick said. "It's that thing where journalism is something people don't want you to publish."
But, that's only one of the high impact TechRepublic cover stories that Nick has published over the past several years. Others include:
- Hacking the Nazis: The secret story of the women who broke Hitler's codes
- Humans 2.0: How the robot revolution is going to change how we see, feel, and talk
- AI destroys more jobs than it creates: What that means and how to stop it
- How Munich rejected Steve Ballmer and kicked Microsoft out of the city
Nick's "Hacking the Nazis" piece is now a finalist for 2016 Azbee award for best web feature article.
"Nick's journalistic tradecraft is one thing that really stands out for me, which probably dates from his days pounding the beat as chief reporter for a local paper," said TechRepublic's UK Editor in Chief, Steve Ranger. "He knows how to find stories for himself that really set the agenda. He's also a tenacious reporter; once he's in pursuit of a story he won't be distracted and he regularly delivers a masterclass in how to deal with obstructive PRs who are trying to deflect him from the facts."
Before moving into his current role as TechRepublic's Chief Reporter on a global basis, Nick worked for two years as our UK Chief Reporter. He came to TechRepublic as part of the 2012 merger between our site and our highly-regarded sister site, Silicon.com, where Nick had worked for four years as that site's Chief Reporter. In other words, Nick has been covering business technology for a decade, which explains why he has such a strong grasp of so many of the most important and most complicated issues in the trade.
"What I like most about journalism is digging up interesting information and teasing out a story," said Nick. "Tech journalism is fascinating because you get to peek into the future, to learn about the technologies that will change the world.
"Becoming a tech journalist also spawned my main interest outside of work, which is web development. During the course of teaching myself, I created a simple single-page web app for finding the best films on UK TV," he said. "I really enjoy the problem-solving aspect of coding, and how you can take messy streams of data and wrangle them up into useful information."
While he works in London and reports globally, Nick has strong roots outside the big city.
"I can't seem to escape the countryside!" he said. "I grew up in the wilds of Devon in the English West Country, and I today live in the equally remote flatlands of Norfolk."
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Jason Hiner has nothing to disclose. He doesn't hold investments in the technology companies he covers.
Jason Hiner is Global Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Global Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He's co-author of the book, Follow the Geeks.