I work as a freelance journalist for German and international media. My investigative reporting includes text, video and photography, often combined in multimedia web documentaries.
My investigations in Germany focus on neo-Nazi movements and right-wing violence. Internationally, I investigate subjects such as illegal waste trafficking, large-scale agricultural investments, mining, illegal logging, industrialized fisheries and other forms of natural resource extraction which often go along with environmental destruction, social conflicts and violations of human rights. I prefer reporting from on the ground and working on long-term projects, mostly in Africa, Asia and Europe.
My work has, among others, been published by:
I investigate, document and analyze racist attacks on refugees in Germany for the Amadeu Antonio foundation, stern magazine and NGO pro asyl. I present this work and our findings as a speaker. I also write about racist attacks for various media outlets. I frequently share the database of this unique documentation work with other journalists who use our insights for their reporting (from local newspapers to New York Times) as well as with academic researchers (studies based on this database have, for example, been published in Research and Politics or West European Politics). If you are interested in using the data or if you would like me to assist you with your reporting on right-wing violence in Germany, please contact me.
I have been awarded the Georg von Holtzbrinck Prize for Business Journalism and the Hamburg Media Price for Child protection. I have been nominated twice for the German Reporter Award: in 2016 for my web documentary about Malawi’s addiction to growing tobacco and in 2017 for my web documentary about the children who fight for survival in India’s mica mines. I was also a nominee for the 2015 Grimme Online Award for “Apropos Kosovo”, a selection of stories about Europe’s youngest nation state, a web-based magazine that I co-produced.
I sometimes work with international media as a commentator, fixer and translator in Germany, among others for BBC and Al Jazeera.
Some of my investigations have been supported with grants from JournalismFund.eu, Magnum Foundation, Reporter Academy Berlin, Greenpeace Magazine, Oxfam, netzwerk recherche, Zeitenspiegel Reportage Agency and FAZIT foundation.
I spent one year of advanced training dedicated to reportage writing at the Zeitenspiegel journalism school in Reutlingen, Germany.
Before, I studied area studies Asia/Africa and contemporary history at the Humboldt University in Berlin.
I speak fluent German, English and Swahili. I also like to refresh my French, Spanish and Hausa during travels. I am based in a village North Rhine-Westphalia.
I participated in Deutsche Welle’s 2015 “media dialogue” in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
In 2009/10 I served a one-year civil service in an orphanage in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
I a member of the DFJV, the German association of specialized journalists.