Based in Washington, D.C., Uri Blau joined OCCRP in 2021 as director of the Global Anti-Corruption Consortium, a partnership that accelerates the global fight against corruption by bringing together investigative reporting and advocacy efforts.
Uri is an investigative journalist and researcher with over 20 years of experience exploring political corruption, national security, and transparency issues. His work has appeared in many outlets, including the Washington Post, Associated Press, BBC, PBS, and Mother Jones. He was a member of the team that produced the Pulitzer Prize-winning Panama Papers and led the work on several investigations in the Pandora Papers project.
In 2012, Uri became the first Israeli journalist to be charged and convicted for possession of classified information. That precedent was a result of a 2008 article published in Haaretz, exposing covert targeted assassinations of Palestinians in direct violation of Supreme Court rulings. The conviction caused Freedom House to lower Israel’s status in its 2013 Freedom of the Press index.
Uri was a 2014 fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, where he researched models for sustainable investigative platforms. Previously, he worked as a director of research for London-based nonprofit Videre Est Credere.