Frederik Obermaier


Board member

Frederik Obermaier, Germany, is a book author and Pulitzer-Prize-winning investigative reporter, publishing in the German magazine Der Spiegel. Together with his colleague Bastian Obermayer he founded the Munich-based investigative newsroom paper trail media. Obermaier was part of the ICIJ’s Offshore Leaks, Luxemburg Leaks, China Cables and other projects. Together with his colleague Bastian Obermayer, he initiated the Panama Papers, Bahamas Leaks, Paradise Papers-investigations. He has received numerous honors for his work, including the CNN-Award, the Otto Brenner Preis, the renowned Wächterpreis, the Henri-Nannen-Prize, the Reporterpreis and the Helmut-Schmidt-Journalistenpreis. He also also shared in joint awards with his ICIJ colleagues including, the Scripps Howard Awards, the George Polk Award for Business Reporting, the Barlett & Steele-Award, the Investigative Reporters and Editors-Award (IRE-Award) and the Pulitzer Prize 2017 for Explanatory Reporting. For the Panama Papers Obermaier was together with his colleagues Bastian Obermayer and Vanessa Wormer elected Germany’s Journalist of the Year 2016. In 2017 he was further awarded the Murrey Marder-Fellowship in Watchdog Journalism at the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University. Obermaier is co-founder of the Anti-Corruption Data Collective and author of several books, including best selling accounts of the so called Ibiza Affair, which lead to snap elections in Austria, as well as the Panama Papers: “The Panama Papers: Breaking the Story of How the Rich and Powerful Hide Their Money”.