Janusz Schwertner has won the 2021 European Press Prize Distinguished Reporting Award with ‘Love in the time of plague.’
Janusz Schwertner (born February 8, 1992) – is a journalist of the Polish internet portal Onet. He is a laureate of many Polish journalistic awards, including the Grand Press awards for investigative journalism and reportage.
He started his journalistic work at the age of 14 as a journalist for a student newspaper. He has also written articles for magazines like Playboy and Esquire.
He deals with social and political issues. He has written several books. In the book “Smolensk. 96 memories”, together with other Polish journalists, he created 96 reports about all the victims of the plane crash in which the Polish president died.
In “Szramy”, together with Witold Bereś, he described the catastrophic situation of Polish child psychiatry, as well as the problem of suicides among children and widespread intolerance.
As a journalist, he also describes the Polish criminal world. Together with Mateusz Baczyński, he wrote books about Polish anti-terrorists and policemen working undercover.
Janusz teaches journalism at the SWPS University in Warsaw.
In his private life, Janusz is a big football fan and admirer of two artists who had a great influence on his life: punkrock musician Robert Brylewski and film director Krzysztof Kieślowski.