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Bastian Obermayer

Bastian Obermayer, Germany, works as reporter for the investigative unit of the Munich-based Süddeutsche Zeitung.

He worked from 2005 until 2012 for the magazine of Sueddeutsche Zeitung, specializing in long form and investigations. His topics included Nazi war criminals, serial killers and sexual abuse in Catholic boarding schools. In 2012-2013 he moved to the newspaper itself and coordinated the work of the Offshore Leaks and Panama Papers teams of Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

He is the author and editor of several books, including God is Yellow (about the affair of manipulations and wrongdoings in the German 19 –million-member automotive club ADAC, an affair which Obermayer first revealed), Brother, What Have You Done (about Catholic friars who abused boys) and Letters From the Front - German Soldiers Tell About the War in Afghanistan (during a time when no one in the government used the word “war”).

He has received numerous honors for his work, including the Theodor-Wolff-Preis in 2009, the Henri-Nannen-Preis in 2010 and the Helmut-Schmidt-Preis in 2013.

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