Julia Stein is the chairwoman of Netzwerk Recherche, the professional association of investigative reporters in Germany. She is a TV reporter and head of the department Politics and Investigations at Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) in Schleswig-Holstein, a part of the national public broadcasting network ARD, the most important TV and radio network in Germany.
Over a 20-year-career, Julia has reported about non-transparent financial and political structures and decisions, about tax stories, the global offshore economy, and the power of the media. A member of ICIJ, she coordinated the work of the NDR teams on the PanamaPapers, LuxLeaks, SwissLeaks and OffshoreLeaks projects. From 2012 until 2016, Julia was the deputy head of the investigative department of NDR and before she was head of the NDR media magazine ZAPP, a critical and investigative TV program. Her work was honoured with the “Deutscher Fernsehpreis” and the “Bert Donnepp Award,” two prestigious German journalism awards.
Julia studied political science, French literature and history of media in Hamburg (Germany) and Paris (France). She wrote her master’s thesis on the topic of “Algerian exile media in Paris since 1992.”