David Cay Johnston

Editor-in-Chief, DCREPORT.org

Pulitzer Prize winner for my coverage of tax policy and cheating in The New York Times. Documenting how government creates a Equality since 1995. Former IRE board president. Author of seven books, four of them bestsellers including The Making of Donald Trump and It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration is Doing to America. While not a lawyer, I’ve taught at Syracuse University College of Law for 10 years with courses on the law of the ancient world and legal theory. Frequent guest on CNN, MSNBC, BBC, and other television news outlets. My next book will propose an entirely new tax system for the 21st-century economy. The system would work in most nations.

David is speaking at

French Translation Crime & Corruption
September 26, 2019
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Holcim Auditorium, HafenCity Universität (HCU)


  • Miranda Patrucic (Speaker) Investigative Reporter / Regional Editor, Organized Crime & Corruption Reporting Project
  • David Cay Johnston (Speaker) Editor-in-Chief, DCREPORT.org
  • Juliette Garside (Speaker) Investigations Correspondent, The Guardian
  • David Kaplan (Moderator) Executive Director, Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN)


Kleptocracies, organized crime, and criminal enterprises all depend on an array of support services they receive from a sprawling industry of lawyers, accountants, bankers, managers, and front men and women of all sorts. These "enablers" may run the businesses, wash the money, or simply provide a veneer of respectability.

In this panel we bring together three veteran reporters who have dug into the criminal services industry, from massive money laundering operations and offshore assets to Donald Trump's real estate holdings.

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

September 28, 2019
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Atrium, Der Spiegel



Not a week goes by without another startling revelation about Donald Trump. We are pleased to present two of the leading investigative journalists digging into the strange world of Trump, Inc. -- his companies, money, family, and associates. The New York Times' Russ Buettner shared a Pulitzer Prize this year for revealing Trump's dismal record of business failures, including vastly overstating his worth. David Cay Johnston, also a Pulitzer winner, is author of bestselling books The Making of Donald Trump and It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration is Doing to America. Curious about the Trump phenomenon? Here's where you can get your questions answered.

September 28, 2019
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Lecture Hall 200, HafenCity Universität (HCU)



Millions, billions, and trillions are abstract and alien to most people. This session will show you how to easily convert these into human scale numbers.

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