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© Stephanie Füssenich/KiWi

:: Frederik Obermaier ::


is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and book author living in Munich. He is working for Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany's biggest quality newspaper. 


Obermaier's work focuses largely on tax-havens, corruption, extremism and intelligence services worldwide. Together with his colleague Bastian Obermayer he initiated and coordinated the "Panama Papers"-revelations and wrote an international bestseller about the project.


"The biggest leak in the history of data journalism" (Edward Snowden)


"With precision and purpose, The Panama Papers is what „Follow the   Money” means." (Bob Woodward)


Before Obermaier was part already of the international team of journalists, who revealed the "Offshore-Leaks", "Luxemburg-Leaks" and "Swiss-Leaks". He and his colleague Bastian Obermayer also received the "Paradise Papers"-documents, which were published in November 2017.


Obermaier has received numerous honors for his work, among others the CNN-Award, the Otto-Brenner-Preis, the renowned Wächterpreis, the Journalistenpreis Informatik, the Helmut-Schmidt-Journalistenpreis and together with his colleagues the Scripps Howard Awards, the George Polk Award for Business Reporting, the Barlett&Steele-Award as well as the Investigative Reporters and Editors-Award (IRE-Award). 


For the Panama-Papers-revelations he was together with Bastian Obermayer and Vanessa Wormer elected Germany's "journalist of the year 2016". As part of the Panama-Papers-team he won the Pulitzer Prize 2017 in the category "Explanatory Reporting".


In 2017 Obermaier was awarded the Murrey Marder-Fellowship in Watchdog Journalism at Nieman-Foundation at Harvard University.


Frederik Obermaier is member of Netzwerk Recherche, of the Forbidden Stories-Network and of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists