About US

Sophia Baumann


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© Monika Wrba

Investigative Reporter

 

Sophia Baumann, born 1997, is an investigative reporter and data journalist. After studying politics and public administration in Konstanz and Richmond (Virginia, USA), she was trained at the German School of Journalism in Munich. During her studies, she worked at the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, at the magazine Der Spiegel and the German public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk. Before joining paper trail media, Sophia Baumann was an editor at Süddeutsche Zeitung. She was part of the Suisse-Secrets-team, which investigated the dubious behaviour of the Swiss bank Credit Suisse. 

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Christo Buschek


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© Caroline Wimmer

Investigative Data Journalist

 

Christo Buschek, born in 1980, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning programmer and journalist, who works for paper trail media and Der Spiegel. Buschek is focused on enhancing traditional forms of investigation using data and computational methods. His software has been used to preserve the most extensive collection of documentation on war crimes in Syria which informed international bodies like the IIIM and the ICC. In 2021 he received numerous honors for the project "Built to Last", which documented the mass incarceration of Uyghurs in China. Buschek is a Fellow at the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy at the New York University.

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Maria Christoph


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© Francesco Giordano

Investigative Reporter

 

Maria Christoph, born 1992, is a crossmedial investigative journalist. In 2020, she was awarded the German Reporter:innenpreis in the category "podcast". In 2022, her work was honored with the Axel-Springer-Prize. For her research into abuses of power in star gastronomy she is nominated for the renown Theodor-Wolff-Prize. Christoph is graduate of the German School of Journalism and a former fellow of Netzwerk Recherche. She studied Journalism, Communication Science and Psychology in Munich and Singapore and worked as a freelance reporter for the public broadcaster BR, Die Zeit and Vice before joining paper trail media

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Anja Hübner


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© Tobias Hübner

Team Assistant

 

Anja Hübner, born 1980, supports the paper trail media team administratively with her passion for organisation. After she finished her education as a hotel manager in Überlingen at Lake Constance, she gained experience in various positions as an event manager in the hotel industry. Another creative role in her career was the management of professional event catering at Kofler & Kompanie in Munich. Before joining paper trail media, she was a project manager at a congress agency, where she was responsible for the planning implementation of medical curricula. 

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Hannes Munzinger


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© Stephanie Füssenich

Senior Investigative Reporter

 

Hannes Munzinger, born 1988, is an award-winning journalist and book author. Before joining paper trail media, he worked for the Munich based daily Süddeutsche Zeitung; he took part in international investigations as the Panama Papers, the Pegasus Project or the Daphne Project. Having started his career as a data journalist, he still likes coding and automating research wherever it serves the story. His revelations cover a wide range of topics, with a focus on tax crimes, money laundering and corruption as well as cybercrime.  In 2022, he co-authored the bestseller "Swiss Secrets". 

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Frederik Obermaier


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© Stephanie Füssenich

Co-Founder & Director 

 

Frederik Obermaier, born 1984, is a book-author and Pulitzer-Prize-winning investigative reporter. Together with Bastian Obermayer, he initiated the Panama Papers, Bahamas Leaks and Paradise Papers-investigations for the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung. He was received numerous honors for his work, including the CNN-Award and the Wächterpreis. In 2016, he was elected Germany's "Journalist of the Year". He is the co-founder of the Anti-Corruption Data Collective and author of several books, including the best selling accounts of the Panama Papers and of the so called Ibiza Affair, which led to snap elections in Austria. 

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Bastian Obermayer


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© Stefanie Preuin

Co-Founder & Director

 

Bastian Obermayer, born 1977, is a Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative reporter. With his colleague Frederik Obermaier he received the ground breaking Panama Papers leak from an anonymous source. ICIJ-member Obermayer is on the board of Forbidden Stories since its founding in 2017 and won many awards, e.g. the German Reporter Award and the George Polk Award. He wrote several books, including the best selling accounts of the Panama Papers and of the so called Ibiza Affair, which led to snap elections in Austria and was turned into a fiction TV mini series by SKY. Before founding paper trail media, Obermayer worked for Süddeutsche Zeitung.

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