Hello world!
I'm Vanessa.

I am passionate about data and investigative journalism, innovation and technology and how all this together is changing media and society.

I work at the Süddeutsche Zeitung in Munich and am part of the global Panama Papers Team, which was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2017. Together with Bastian Obermayer and Frederik Obermaier I was elected Germany's "Journalist of the Year 2016".

Since 2018 I have been leading a team of people with different skills at the Süddeutsche Zeitung, ranging from investigative journalism, software development, reverse engineering and news automation to infographics and digital storytelling. Have a look at our projects here. I'm glad to talk at conferences about our work.

In 2015 I passed the Lede Program in Computing and Data Science at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. Before that, I was the first data journalist to work at the Heilbronner Stimme, where I also completed my journalistic traineeship after my Master's degree in History.

I am a board member of Netzwerk Recherche, organize the Munich edition of Hacks/Hackers, am a jury member of the Aerospace Media Prize and an active member of the German Alpine Association.

Get in touch

Feel free to send me an email. Whistleblowers can contact me any time - and gladly in encrypted form. The various possibilities besides my prefered option Threema (6NY2CBVU) are explained here.