Frederik Obermaier, Germany, is a book author and Pulitzer-Prize-winning investigative reporter, publishing in the German magazine Der Spiegel. Together with his colleague Bastian Obermayer he founded the Munich-based investigative startup paper trail media. Obermaier was part of the ICIJ’s Offshore Leaks, Luxembourg Leaks, China Cables and other projects.
Together with this colleague Bastian Obermayer, he initiated the Panama Papers, Bahamas Leaks and Paradise Papers-investigations. He has received numerous honors for his work, including the CNN-Award, the Otto Brenner Preis, the renowned Wächterpreis, the Henri-Nannen-Prize, the Reporterpreis and the Helmut-Schmidt-Journalistenpreis. He also jointly shared 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. 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 a member of the jury of Reporters Without Borders’ Press Freedom Awards and co-founder of the Anti-Corruption Data Collective. He co-authored 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.