Elena Kuch

Reporter, Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR)

Elena Kuch is an investigative reporter working for German public broadcaster NDR. She has a focus on in-depth reporting and investigative long form storytelling. She has worked on the ICIJ-projects Panama Papers, Paradise Papers and recently The Implant Files. Elena Kuch’s documentaries have won multiple awards. She and her co-authors won the German Television Award for The Panama Papers. For a film on the death of 71 refugees, who suffocated in a truck, and on the human traffickers behind it, she and her colleagues were nominated for the German Television Award and won the M3 Amnesty International Award. A project on antibiotic resistance, which revealed that the pharmaceutical industry helps to produce deadly superbugs, she and her colleagues have been awarded, among others, with the Fraunhofer Institutes UMSICHT Award. Before joining the investigative department, Elena Kuch worked as a news reporter for the ARD main national news programs as well as for the regional investigative program Panorama 3.

Elena is speaking at

September 29, 2019
10:45 am - 12:00 pm


  • Minna Knus-Galan (Speaker) Investigative journalist, Yle, Finnish Broadcasting Company. MOT
  • Elena Kuch (Speaker) Reporter, Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR)
  • Yasu Sawa (Speaker) Senior Writer, Investigative and In-Depth Reporting, Kyodo News
  • Rana Sabbagh (Moderator) Arij


Cross-border projects have grown in popularity and sophistication. What are the lessons in working in these unique collaborations from the perspective of an individual reporter? How do you join an international collaboration?

What have been the strong points of each network in terms of planning, data sharing, and daily communication? How do you cope with cultural clashes and different ways of doing journalism? And how do you deal with the stress that each muckraker at some point has to face?

Elena Kuch/NDR (Germany), Yasuomi Sawa/Kyodo (Japan) and Minna Knus-Galán/Yle (Finland) have all years of experience of cross-border projects like Panama Papers, Implant Files and Troika Laundromat.

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