Journalists to discuss Pulitzer-winning Panama Papers project

Kevin Hall and Marisa Taylor
McClatchy journalists Kevin Hall and Marisa Taylor will explore their role in the groundbreaking Panama Papers investigation, which won a 2017 Pulitzer Prize.

Two of the journalists who played key roles in the groundbreaking Panama Papers project are coming to Colorado State University to discuss their Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation, which is now the subject of a new documentary.

McClatchy journalists Kevin Hall and Marisa Taylor will discuss the investigation, which uncovered the hidden infrastructure and global scale of offshore tax havens, on Monday, April 22, at 4 p.m. in Lory Student Center Room 372.

The talk, hosted by CSU’s Office of International Programs and the Department of Journalism & Media Communication, will explore how the major investigation fits into the current political environment, and how it opened the way for collaborative journalism. They also will discuss how databases can be a useful tool for reporters to search corporate records and registries. The panel will be moderated by Mike Hooker, CSU’s director of public affairs and communications.

The Panama Papers

Date: Monday, April 22, 2019

Time: 4 p.m.

Location: Lory Student Center Room 372

Hosted by the Office of International Programs and the Department of Journalism & Media Communication

About The Panama Papers

The Panama Papers involved more than 300 reporters on six continents who exposed offshore companies linked to more than 140 politicians in more than 50 countries. The probe spotlighted offshore hideaways tied to mega-banks, corporate bribery scandals and drug kingpins as well as a network of people close to Russian President Vladimir Putin who moved as much as $2 billion around the world.

In 2017, the investigation won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting and served as the basis for the new documentary “The Panama Papers,” which interviewed both Hall and Taylor. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, McClatchy, the Miami Herald, Süddeutsche Zeitung and other media partners worked on the investigation.

Hall is the chief economics correspondent and senior investigative reporter for McClatchy, where he specializes in international and political news, investigation and explanatory journalism that connects the dots. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, he has won numerous awards, including the Sigma Delta Chi from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Taylor, who was an investigative reporter at McClatchy during the investigation, is now a senior correspondent for Kaiser Health News. She has more than two decades of journalism experience covering the Justice Department, U.S. courts, crime, homeland security, government misconduct and health care. She also investigated U.S. defense spending as part of a McClatchy team that detailed how corruption and mismanagement marred U.S. efforts to rebuild Afghanistan.

Since the investigation’s release in 2016, more than $1.2 billion has been publicly collected by governments around the world.