At age 32, she becomes The U.K.'s youngest national newspaper editor
She begins a campaign to "name and shame" alleged pedophiles, leads to some being terrorized by angry mobs
She campaigns for public access to the Sex Offenders Register, leads to "Sarah's Law"
her remains are found in September
Brooks' deputy editor Andy Coulson becomes editor of the Sunday paper
Brooks (at the time, Wade) tells a Parliamentary Committee that her newspaper paid police for information, News international later comments that this is not company policy
officials of the Royal Court complain about phone messages being intercepted (hacked)
These complaints prompt police officials to launch an inquery
Police arrest News of the World's royal editor Clive Goodman and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire
The two are taken into custody on suspicion of hacking into Royal Family member's mobile phones
Goodman is sentenced to a 4 month prison term
Mulcaire receives a 6 month prison sentence
Both admit that they conspired to intercept communications, Mulcaire also pleads guilty to five other charges of intercepting voicemail messages
News of the World editor Andy Coulson resigns, Says he, "Deeply regrets" what happened, and, takes "ultimate responsibility"
The Press Complaints Commission states that they are satisfied with the investigation and that no other parties were aware of the intercepting of messages, This statement is later withdrawn
(Then Opposition Party Leader) David Cameron announces Coulson as the Conservative Party's director of communications and planning
Rebekah Brooks becomes CEO of News International
The Guardian newspaper reports that News Group newspapers have paid out over £1 million to keep further allegations of phone hacking quiet, The Guardian also reports:, News of the World journalists (with the knowledge of their superiors) had illegally hacked celebrities and politicians between 2003 and 2007, ...while Coulson was editor
Scotland Yard announces that they will not open a new investigation into these allegations
Crown Prosecution Service announces a review of material provided by the police in 2006
Coulson informs MP's of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee that things went "very badly" under his leadership at News of the World, insists he knew nothing of the phone hacking
Chief Executive of Dow Jones, and former executive chairman of Murdoch's newspaper arm in Britain, Les Hilton, Informs a committee of officials that allegations of illegal phone hacking were strictly limited to the well-publicized case, Says that a wide review was conducted and that no new evidence had surfaced
The Press Complaints Commission says in a second report that they have found no new evidence supporting claims that others outside of Goodman and Mulcaire had participated in phone hacking, nor that their supervisors had any idea what the pair were doing
The Culture, Media and Sport Committee reports finds that there is no evidence supporting the claim that Coulson was aware of the illegal phone hacking, However, the report also says it is ''inconceivable'' that no-one apart from Goodman was aware of it.
David Cameron moves into 10 Downing Street as Prime Minister
Coulson ascends to the head of the new coalition government's media operation
The New York Times blows the whistle on unscrupulous journalistic practices in a scathing article that points to Coulson have knowledge of his reporter's activities., The same story raises questions about Scotland Yard's response to previous allegations
MP's call upon it's standards watchdog to begin a new investigation into the hacking allegations at the Sunday tabloid and Coulson.
Coulson steps down as Downing Street communications chief, Says the constant allegations of illegal eavesdropping are preventing him from doing his job effectively
Scotland Yard launches new investigation - Operation Weeting, they claim to have ''significant new information'' from the News of the World's publisher, News International
Assistant news editor Ian Edmondson is released from his position after being linked to documents concerning legal action and actress Sienna Miller
Ian Edmondson and News of the World chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck are arrested by Scotland Yard on suspicion of consiering to intercept communications and hack voicemail services, They are later released on bail
News International admits guilt, apologizes "unreservedly" to a number of public figures
Senior reporter James Weatherup is brought in by detectives for questioning
News of the World begins financial reparations:, Football pundit Andy Gray receives £20,000 in damages after his voicemail was hacked, Actress Sienna Miller receives £100,000
Reports begin to surface that Milly Dowler's phone's voicemail may have been hacked, providing false hope to her family members that she was still alive
Rebekah Brooks comments that she is, "appalled and shocked" that a teenager's phone was hacked
Prime Minister David Cameron describes the event as a, "truly dreadful act."
Cameron announces a public enquiry into the matter
Rupert Murdoch calls the scandal, "deplorable and unacceptable", but continues to back Brooks as Chief Executive
Reports emerge that relatives of soldiers killed in action may have been victims of phone hacking
The Royal British Legion drops News of the World as it's media partner, expresses "revulsion" at the surfacing allegations, more and more advertisers begin to pull their support from the paper
Cameron announces two inquiries:, The hacking scandal, New regulations for the British press
Cameron takes full responsibility for employing Coulson as his spokesman, defends position to give Coulson a "second chance"
Coulson is arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and suspicion of corruption, is released until October on bail after 9 hours in custody
Clive Goodman is rearrested on suspicion of payments to police by journalists at the paper., Police search the offices of the Daily Star tabloid, where Goodman freelanced, The Star is NOT connected to News Corp
after 168 years, News of the World ceases publication
Murdoch rescinds offer to spin off BSkyB's Sky News Channel, Competition regulator, Ofcom, to carry out a lengthy investigation
Cameron says News Corp needs to "clearing up this mess" before focusing on future acquistions
Allegations surface that Prime Minister Gordon Brown was a target of several News Corp journalists, Police confirm that Brown's name was on a list compiled by Mulcaire
London Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner John Yates appears before parliament's Home Affairs Committee saying he has no plans to resign, Yates was heavily criticized in 2009 over his decision not to reopen investigations
MP's refer to former Scotland Yard Assistant Commissioner Andy Hayman as "more Clouseau than Columbo," concerning his handling of the 2005 phone hacking investigation
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers, Scotland Yard's lead on the new investigation, suggests to MP's that the investigation could extend past News of the World employees, and encompass a "criminal liability of directors"
News International's Chief Executive Rebekah Brooks resigns
Tom Mockridge, Chief Exec at Sky Italia, Becomes News International Chief Executive
Murdoch meets with the family of Milly Dowler and apologizes. Murdoch comments that he's, "humbled and shaken"
10 Downing street releases David Cameron's meetings with media owners, editors and senior journalists since May 2010.
Murdoch takes out ads in national newspapers, apologizing for The World's "serious wrongdoing"
Foreign Secretary William Hague comments that Cameron's inviting Coulson to Chequers after his resignation is a "normal and human" thing to do.
Metropolitan police deny that Sir Paul Stephenson (Commissioner) was arranged by Mr Wallis, a PR consultant for Champney's at the time
News International places ads in National newspapers, declaring that there will be "no place to hide" from the police investigation, adding that the organization is "committed to change"
Ed Milibrand calls for sweeping changes to media ownership rules, says that Rupert Murdoch's influence on British politics was "dangerous"
David Beckham and Paul McCartney added to the list of celebrities that have had their mobile phone hacked
Sir Paul Stephenson, Metropolitan Police Commissioner, resigns.
Rebekah Brooks is arrested, after meeting with London Police in a pre-arranged appointment
Metropolitan Assistant Commissioner John Yates resigns, primarily over suspicion of his connections to Neil Wallis
David Cameron calls MPs back to London, interrupting their summer break
The Prime Minister cuts short a trip to Africa to deal with the ongoing scandal
News Corp shares plummet as US and Australian markets react
News International investigates allegations that deputy editor Neil Wallis was receiving payments from the tabloid while acting as a consultant for the Metropolitan Police Department
Former News of the World journalist and prime whistle blower Sean Hoare is found dead in his home in Watford
The Sun website is hacked, False news of Rupert Murdoch's death appears, Hacker group LulzSec claims responsibility, Hackers threaten to publish emails stolen during the hack
The Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee holds talks with:, former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson, former Assistant Commissioner John Yates, former News International executive Rebekah Brooks, James Murdoch, Rupert Murdoch
Stephenson and Yates are questioned about their handling of previous phone hacking inquiries and involvement with News of the World employees, Stephenson comments on:, his resignation statement, his relationship with Neil Wallis, and dealings with other reporters, Yates comments:, that he tried to warn David Cameron's chief of staff, Ed Llewellyn of the phone hacking scandal, including Downing Street's possible involvement, but was refused
James and Rupert Murdoch are questioned by MP's for over 2 and a half hours, Murdoch Sr. asserts that it was the employees of the News of the World that were responsible for the consequences of the hacking scandal, Sr. also receives a pie in the face, but is defended by his wife, Wendy Deng
Rebekah Brooks is questioned by MPs on:, The News of the World's involvement with private detectives, Police payments, The coverup of legal fees for Glenn Mulcaire and Clive Goodman