2018 Great Immigrants Recipient

Marina Walker Guevara
Journalist, Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting
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“There are two worlds. There is the secret world for the rich and the powerful and they get to play by their own rules. And then there is a regular world where we all live - and we have to pay taxes and we have to follow a lot of rules,” Marina Walker Guevara told the Global Investigative Journalism Network in 2017. “This big disconnect is creating a huge gap between the super-rich and the powerful and the rest of us.” Walker managed a major global journalistic endeavor that involved hundreds of journalists and media groups to examine terabytes of leaked data in the public interest. The result was the Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers, which revealed the offshore financial dealings of some of the world's biggest corporations and wealthiest people. The Panama Papers investigation was awarded the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for exposing “the hidden infrastructure and global scale of offshore tax havens.” Over a 20-year career in investigative journalism, Walker Guevara, who is deputy director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, has won or shared more than 40 national and international journalism awards including honors from Long Island University’s George Polk Awards and the Overseas Press Club. Updated July 2018