is deputy head of the investigative unit of the Munich-based Süddeutsche Zeitung
. Together with his colleague Frederik Obermaier he first broke the story of the Panama Papers
. Their same-named book, a bestseller in Germany, will soon be published in English, Spanish and several further languages.
Obermayer 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 team 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, the Helmut-Schmidt-Preis in 2013 & 2014 and the Waechterpreis in 2015.