Frederik Obermaier


Frederik Obermaier, Germany, is a book author and investigative reporter at Germany's leading daily, the Munich-based Süddeutsche Zeitung


Obermaier was part of the ICIJ's Offshore Leaks, Luxemburg Leaks and projects. Later, together with this colleague Bastian Obermayer, he initiated the Panama Papers.He has received numerous honors for his work, including the CNN-Award, the Otto Brenner Preis, the renowned Wächterpreis, the Henri-Nannen-Prize, and the Helmut-Schmidt-Journalistenpreis. He 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 the author of several books, including one about the Ku-Klux-Klan in Germany. Together with his colleague Bastian Obermayer he wrote the best-selling account of the Panama Papers: "The Panama Papers: Breaking the Story of How the Rich and Powerful Hide Their Money".


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