Sylke Gruhnwald

Sylke Gruhnwald is reporter for the Swiss magazine Beobachter and chairwoman of She is born in 1981 in Munich, Germany. After being based in Vienna, Austria, she now calls Zurich, Switzerland, home. She studied Sinology and Business Administration. She worked for The Economist Group, its Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) as well as the Swiss daily newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) and she led the data- and document-driven investigation unit SRF Data at public broadcaster Swiss Radio and Television (Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen, SRF). Sylke is co-founder of Hacks / Hackers as well as Reporter-Forum Switzerland. Board member of Initiator of the investigation project The Migrants’ Files. She is jury member with Reporterpreis as well as Nannen-Preis. Together with her teams, she won several awards.

Sylke Gruhnwald won the 2015 European Press Prize Innovation Award with ‘The Migrants’ Files: Surveying ­migrants’ deaths at Europe’s door’