Frederik Obermaier


Frederik Obermaier is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, bestselling book author and co-founder of the Anti-Corruption Data Collective. Before founding Paper Trail Media, he was deputy head of investigations at Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany's biggest quality newspaper. He was, among others, part of the Offshore-Leaks, Luxembourg-Leaks, the Azerbaijani Laundromat and FinCEN-Files-investigations. Together with his colleague Bastian Obermayer (with whom he is not related) Frederik Obermaier initiated and coordinated the "Panama Papers"-revelations after an anonymous source provided 2,6 terabytes of internal data from the dubious Panamanian lawfirm Mossack Fonseca to them. Obermaier co-authored an international bestseller about the project. In 2017, Obermaier was awarded the Murrey Marder-Fellowship in Watchdog Journalism at Nieman-Foundation at Harvard University. In 2019 Obermaier was "journalist in residence" at Hong Kong Baptist University. Obermaier is a member of the jury of Reporter Without Borders‘ Press Freedom Awards. He is member of Netzwerk Recherche, of the Forbidden Stories-Network and of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

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