Bastian Obermayer, Germany, is a book author and Pulitzer-Prize-winning investigative reporter, publishing in the German magazine Der Spiegel. Together with his colleague Frederik Obermaier he founded the Munich-based investigative startup paper trail media. Obermayer was part of the ICIJ’s Offshore Leaks, Luxembourg Leaks, China Cables and other projects.
While working at the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung Bastian Obermayer received, together with colleague Frederik Obermaier, the Panama Papers leak and initiated the Pulitzer winning investigation – led by the ICIJ. The duo also started the Bahamas Leaks and the Paradise Papers investigations. Obermayer has received numerous honors for his work, including the German Reporterpreis, the Otto Brenner Preis, the renowned Wächterpreis, the Henri-Nannen-Prize, the and the Helmut-Schmidt-Journalistenpreis. He also also jointly shared in 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 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting. In 2016 Obermayer was further awarded the Knight-Wallace-Fellowship of the University of Michigan. In 2019 Obermayer was chosen as Macgeorge Fellow at the Centre for Advancing Journalism of the University of Melbourne.
Obermayer is on the board of the investigative non profit newsroom Forbidden Stories since its founding in 2017 and is the 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: Breaking the Story of How the Rich and Powerful Hide Their Money.