Anna Gielewska is co-founder and editor-in-chief of VSquare and co-founder of Polish investigative outlet FRONTSTORY.PL. She is also vice-chairwoman of Fundacja Reporterów (Reporters Foundation). A journalist specializing in investigating organized disinformation and propaganda, Gielewska was the recipient of a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University (2019/20) and has been shortlisted for the Grand Press Award (2015, 2021, 2022) and the Daphne Caruana Galizia Award (2021, 2023). She was the recipient of the Novinarska Cena in 2022.
Urszula Kifer is the managing editor and head of fact-checking at VSquare and FRONTSTORY.PL. Kifer is a senior editor with many years of experience in the biggest Polish print and online media, including WP.pl, Gazeta.pl, Newsweek Polska and Rzeczpospolita daily. Since 2020, she has worked at Reporters Foundation.
VSquare’s Budapest-based lead investigative editor in charge of Central European investigations, Szabolcs Panyi is also a Hungarian investigative journalist at Direkt36. He covers national security, foreign policy, and Russian and Chinese influence. He was a European Press Prize finalist in 2018 and 2021.
Emily Tamkin is a global affairs journalist and author of The Influence of Soros and Bad Jews. Her work has appeared in the New Republic, the New York Times, Slate, and the Washington Post, among other publications, and previously covered foreign affairs and US policy on staff at Foreign Policy, BuzzFeed News, and the New Statesman. She was a recipient of a Heinrich Böell fellow in 2017 and a Shalom Hartman Writers and Journalists fellow in 2021-2022. She provides English language editing for VSquare and is based in Washington, DC.
Tadeusz Michrowski is an editor and fact-checker at VSquare and FRONTSTORY.PL. He is an award-winning journalist and writer.
A Warsaw-based investigative and data journalist at VSquare and FRONTSTORY.PL, Anastasiia Morozova previously collaborated with leading media outlets in Ukraine (Radio Free Europe, Slidstvo.info). She was shortlisted for the Grand Press Award (2022) and was a recipient of the Novinarska Cena 2022.
Polish investigative outlet created by Reporters’ Foundation.
Co-founder and editor-in-chief at FRONTSTORY.PL, Wojciech Cieśla is an award-winning Polish journalist who, since 2016, has worked with Investigate Europe. He is the co-founder and chairman of Fundacja Reporterów (Reporters Foundation). He is based in Warsaw.
An investigative journalist at FRONTSTORY.PL, Mariusz Sepioło previously published reports and interviews in Tygodnik Powszechny and Polityka, among other publications. He is the author of several non-fiction books: Clerics, Himalayan Women, People and Reptiles and Nationalists.
Konrad Szczygieł is an investigative journalist at FRONTSTORY.PL. Previously, he was a reporter at Superwizjer TVN and OKO.Press. Since 2016, he has worked with Fundacja Reporterów (Reporters Foundation). He was shortlisted for a Grand Press award (2016, 2021) and an Andrzej Woyciechowski award (2021). He is based in Warsaw.
Warsaw-based investigative and data journalist at VSquare and Frontstory.pl. Previously collaborated with leading media outlets in Ukraine (Radio Free Europe, Slidstvo.info).
A senior OSINT researcher and data analyst at FRONTSTORY.PL, Julia Dauksza has participated in many cross-border investigations. Previously, she collaborated with NGOs in Poland. She has been shortlisted for the Grand Press Award (2021, 2022). She was the recipient of the 2023 Bertha Challenge Fellow.
The Czech Centre for Investigative Journalism (České centrum pro investigativní žurnalistiku), which runs the website investigace.cz, was founded in 2013 by Czech journalist Pavla Holcova to promote cross-border investigative projects; train journalists; and help support local journalists in having the resources to follow new media trends. The Center has been part of global investigative journalism projects such as the Pulitzer Prize-winning Panama Papers, Pandora Papers, Swissleaks, and Global Laundromat. Investigate.cz is a partner center of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).
A Czech journalist, Pavla Holcová is the founder and editor-in-chief of the Czech Center for Investigative Journalism. She is an editor at OCCRP and a member of ICIJ. She was a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University (2023). Pavla is the winner of the ICFJ Knight International Journalism Award and, with her colleagues Arpád Soltész and Eva Kubániová, the World Justice Project’s Anthony Lewis Prize Award. She is based in Prague.
A Czech journalist, Zuzana Šotová has worked for the Czech Center for Investigative Journalism since 2020.
Josef Šlerka has worked as a data analyst and reporter at Czech Centre for Investigative Journalism since 2021. He used to head the Czech Fund for Independent Journalism (NFNZ). He is also the head of the Department of New Media Studies at Charles University in Prague.
The Investigative Center of Ján Kuciak (ICJK) was established in 2018 after the murder of Slovak investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová. The main goal of the ICJK is to continue in the legacy and work of Ján Kuciak and to be a platform for the collaboration of Slovak investigative journalists with their colleagues abroad. The ICJK is a partner of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN).
Lukáš Diko is the editor-in-chief at the Investigative Center of Ján Kuciak (ICJK). An experienced journalist and media leader, he was previously director of news and journalism at RTVS and editor-in-chief of news at Markíza television.
Karin Kőváry Sólymos
Karin Kőváry Sólymos is a Slovak journalist at the Investigative Center of Ján Kuciak. Previously, she was an editor and presenter at the Hungarian channel of the Slovak public service media. During her university years, she was an analyst for the only fact-checking portal in Slovakia. She was a recipient of the Novinarska Cena 2022.
Tomáš Madleňák is a Slovak journalist who has worked for the Investigative Center of Ján Kuciak since 2020. He is based in Bratislava.
“Atlatszo” means “transparent” in Hungarian. Established in 2011, it is Hungary’s first investigative non-profit journalistic organization financed by nonpartisan and non-governmental sources.
An award-winning investigative journalist and editor, Tamás Bodoky is co-founder and director of atlatszo.hu. He is a Marshall Memorial Fellowship alumni and a member of several international investigative journalism networks. He is based in Budapest.
An economist, former policy director at an environmentally-focused think tank, Orsolya Fülöp was a freelancer at Magyar Narancs and Atlatszo. She specializes in investigating controversial environmental issues, from burning landfills to leaking nuclear power plants. She also manages Atlatszo’s international projects.
Zalán Zubor began working at Atlatszo.hu in 2022. Zubor covers topics related to Russian influence in Hungary and corresponding security risks, as well as the Hungarian government’s stance on the war in Ukraine and refugees in Hungary.
Direkt36 is a non-profit investigative journalism center in Hungary. It exists to expose wrongdoings and abuse of power through fair but tough reporting, a kind of journalism that is vital for any democracy.
András Pethő is co-founder, editor and executive director of Direkt36. Previously, he worked for the BBC World Service in London and was a reporter at the investigative unit of The Washington Post. He has contributed to several international reporting projects, including The Panama Papers.
Zsuzsanna Wirth is an editor and journalist at Direkt36, where she has worked since 2016. She investigates various political and social issues as well as corruption and organized crime.
A journalist at Direkt36, András Szabó covers Russian-Hungarian relations; the activities of businesses and individuals close to the Fidesz party; and the political decision-making processes of the Orbán government.
Kamilla Marton is a Hungarian investigative journalist who has worked for Direkt36 since 2022.
Patrik Galavits worked at Klubrádió, Azonnali.hu and Forbes Hungary before joining Direkt36. In 2019, he won a grant at German public broadcaster WDR. He has been nominated multiple times for the Hungarian Quality Journalism Award and the Transparency-Soma Award in 2021
Partners and contributors in the Baltic states
Head of the investigative desk at Delfi Estonia, Holger Roonemaa has extensively investigated topics related to national security, including Russia’s espionage, interference, and influence operations in Estonia and the wider region. He is a member of the International Consortium on Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). Estonia’s national media association named him the journalist of the year in 2020 and 2021.
An investigative reporter since 2011, Šarūnas Černiauskas is co-founder of Siena, an investigative journalism center in Lithuania, an official partner of OCCRP. Černiauskas has received several awards and recently became the first laureate of the Investigative Journalism Prize established by the Vilnius University.
An investigative reporter based in Vilnius, Miglė Krancevičiūtė is co-founder of Siena, an investigative journalism center in Lithuania, an official partner of OCCRP.
Inga Spriņģe is an award-winning investigative journalist, former broadcaster, lecturer, and one of two founders of The Baltic Center for Investigative Journalism Re:Baltica based in Latvia. Springe is a member of the major international investigative journalism networks, ICIJ and OCCRP. She covers topics ranging from propaganda and disinformation to social justice.
Executive Director and Editor of The Baltic Center for Investigative Journalism Re:Baltica based in Latvia, Sanita Jemberga is a board member with the Latvian Journalists Association and OCCRP. Additionally, Jemberga regularly teaches investigative journalism, newsroom management, and other training courses in collaboration with organizations such as the OSCE, UNESCO, SSE Riga, and the Thomson Reuters Foundations.