Alexenia Dimitrova, Bulgaria is a freelance journalist who who has worked for more than 20 years for 24 Chasa (“24 Hours”). She has more than 27 years’ experience in journalism, and has published thousands of articles in Bulgaria, USA, Croatia, Britain and Russia.
She has also written four books - 'The Iron Fist', 'The War of the Spies', 'The King’s Secret Files' and 'Murder Bureau'. Dimitrova’s main expertise is in large cross-border global investigations. She has been a member of research teams for various multinational media projects and international media outlets like the Financial Times, NBC (USA), SBS and Artemis International and Serendipity Productions (Australia), Endemol (Germany), SVT (Sweden), NRK (Norway), ORF (Austria), The BBC, Chanel 4 and The Bureau for Investigative Journalism (UK), New Delhi TV (India), Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), Global Integrity (USA), ICIJ, and more.
In 2002 she started a large project to find and reunite families from all over the world separated in tragic circumstances from their Bulgarian families. She largely used countries’ local databases and records, or contacted local institutions. She has so far assisted more than 250 successful reunions worldwide.
Dimitrova is an experienced lecturer of Investigative Journalism, certified by the BBC and the South East European Network for Professionalisation of the Media (SEENPM). She has conducted training sessions around the world and spoken at conferences for more than 10 years. She is also Lecturer at Sofia University. In 2009 she co-authored the Manual for Investigative Reporting – practical tips for a good investigation, published by Bulgarian Investigative Journalism Centre. Between 2005 and 2009 she was a member of the Bulgarian Press Complaint Commission.
In November 2004 she received the most prestigious award for investigative journalism in Bulgaria (Chernorizets Hrabar). In 2006 she received the Golden Key Award – for using FOIAs both in Bulgaria and the USA. She has also won many awards, including the 2017 Pulitzer, as a member of ICIJ projects.
Read a Q&A with Dimitrova in ICIJ's Secrets of the Masters series