Bastian Obermayer

investigative reporter and author

Bastian Obermayer is a book author and Pulitzer-Prize-winning investigative reporter, publishing exclusively in the German magazine Der Spiegel. With his colleague Frederik Obermaier he received the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers leaks and co-initiated the Suisse Secrets investigation. Obermayer and Obermaier's investigation about a dubious meeting of a right-wing populist official with an alleged oligarch’s niece brought down the Austrian government in 2019. In 2022 he co-founded with Frederik Obermaier paper trail media.

Bastian has received numerous national and international awards for his work including the Pulitzer Prize, the George-Polk-Award, the Henri Nannen Prize, the Theodor Wolff Prize and twice the German Reporter Award. He is the author of a number of books, most notably, again with Obermaier, the international bestseller Panama Papers: Breaking the Story of How the Rich and Powerful Hide Their Money (Oneworld, 2016) and The Ibiza Affair - Inside views of a scandal (Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2019). Together with Obermaier and the journalist Hannes Munzinger he co-authored the book Suisse Secrets - How bankers hid money from tax evaders, torture generals, dictators and the Catholic Church - with the help of politics (Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2022).

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