Drew Sullivan

Editor, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project

Drew Sullivan, USA, co-founded the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Program (OCCRP) where he now serves as editor-in-chief. He is a journalist and social entrepreneur who founded the Center for Investigative Reporting in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2004 as well as the Journalism Development Network, an innovative media development organization with programs worldwide. Under his editing direction, OCCRP has won the European Press Prize, the Daniel Pearl Award (twice), the Online Journalism Award for investigative reporting (twice), the Global Shining Light Award (four times), the Tom Renner award for Crime Reporting (twice) among dozens of others. OCCRP contributed to the Panama Papers which won a 2016 Pulitzer Prize. He has previously worked as an investigative reporter for the Tennessean newspaper and the Associated Press. He serves or has served on the boards of Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism, Investigative Reporters and Editors and the National Institute for Computer Assisted Reporting. Before becoming a journalist, he was a professional stand-up comedian and an aerospace engineer on the Space Shuttle Project for Rockwell Space Systems.

Drew is speaking at

French Translation
September 26, 2019
9:15 am - 10:30 am
Holcim Auditorium, HafenCity Universität (HCU)


  • Zaffar Abbas (Speaker) Editor, Dawn Newspaper, Pakistan
  • Reg Chua (Speaker) Chief Operating Officer, Reuters News
  • Catherine Gicheru (Speaker) Code for Africa, ICFJ Knight Fellow
  • Marina Walker Guevara (Speaker) Director of Strategic Initiatives , ICIJ
  • Drew Sullivan (Speaker) Editor, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project
  • Sheila Coronel (Moderator) Dean of Academic Affairs, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
  • Cordula Meyer (Speaker) Editor National Desk, Der Spiegel


We gather today amid a growing global backlash against human rights, democracy, and an independent press. Even in countries where we thought our colleagues were relatively secure, the news media is under serious assault. At the same time, we face a business model that has all but disappeared, technology that seems to change not yearly but daily, and issues that threaten not only our profession but the Earth itself. 

And yet... In many ways investigative journalism is stronger than ever. An investigative press has spread worldwide, and those who believe in social accountability and progress now recognize that watchdog reporting is as essential to development as good healthcare, honest cops and a level playing field for business. 

With this in mind, we start GIJC19 with a look forward. Here are six big thinkers from six countries, with expertise ranging from kleptocracies to artificial intelligence, to give us a glimpse at the challenges ahead.

French translation for this session is provided by CFI, the French media development organization.

Safety & Security
September 27, 2019
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Room 2.015, HafenCity Universität (HCU)


  • Drew Sullivan (Speaker) Editor, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project
  • Stevan Dojcinovic (Speaker) OCCRP KRIK
  • Miranda Patrucic (Speaker) Investigative Reporter / Regional Editor, Organized Crime & Corruption Reporting Project


With physical attacks on journalists at near-record highs, it has never been more important to take prudent measures to protect yourself, your colleagues, and your sources. Data from journalism safety organizations show that most assaults and murders are committed against journalists covering corruption, crime and politics, not wars and conflict zones. 

Three veteran journalists from the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, based in the rough-and-tumble Balkans, will talk about common-sense procedures to guard your safety. The workshop will include how to know if you're being followed or surveilled, best practices for meeting sources, and maintaining professional standards. 

Nonprofits & New Models
September 27, 2019
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Room 2.015, HafenCity Universität (HCU)



With investigative journalism increasingly dependent on a philanthropic model of support, what are the long-term implications for the profession? Advertisers have long influenced media owners and publishers. Will foundation officers and wealthy donors take their place? What kind of impact and relationship do donors really expect? Are they in it for the long haul, or is muckraking just a fad in philanthropy? How can newsrooms maintain both editorial integrity and healthy working relationships with donors? Join a group of innovative grant makers and nonprofit media organizations for a candid roundtable conversation about the dynamics of donor-funded media, and explore best practices for donors and media working together to ensure journalism can play its essential role in supporting accountability, transparency, and progress.   

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