Greek-American Reporter Nicholas Nehamas Wins 2017 Pulitzer Prize, Talks to TNH

By Theo Karantsalis

MIAMI – Nicholas Nehamas, 28, a Greek-American news reporter, has won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the Miami Herald announced Monday.

“The Miami Herald shared the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and our parent company McClatchy for our work on the Panama Papers,” Nehamas told TNH late Monday afternoon, Apr. 10. “The stories brought together more than 300 reporters from around the globe to expose how criminals and the wealthy abuse the secret world of offshore companies to launder money and evade taxes.”

The Panama Papers project was unique not just in the revelations of our reporting (which led to the resignation of Iceland’s PM and investigations around the world) but for the process we used to analyze the 11.5 million leaked files, Nehamas said. Journalists from different newsrooms in different countries speaking different languages were brought together to collaborate on this massive endeavor.

“Nick, recently promoted to the Miami Herald’s investigative team, is a bright young star who has quickly shown himself to be a talented team player,” said Miami Herald Editor Steve Rothaus.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Nehamas graduated in 2014 from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Nehamas also earned a bachelor of arts from Harvard where he studied the classics in Greek and Latin.

“My father is from Athens and I’m sure he is busy telling all our friends and family in Greece about the good news,” said Nehamas. “My mom said she was always sure we would win!”

Nehamas’ father is Princeton philosophy professor, Alexander Nehamas, a brilliant scholar who has chaired the Council of the Humanities, the Program in Hellenic Studies, and was the Founding Director of the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts.

“It is an incredible feeling to have your work honored with a Pulitzer,” said Nehamas. “But most of all I am grateful for the support of my fellow reporters and editors at the Miami Herald and all my colleagues at the Herald and around the world who share in this fantastic award.”

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