Stoianov focused his investigative reporting on corruption in Moldova and contributed to the Panama Papers and other transnational projects

Dumitru “Dima” Stoianov is a reporter for RISE Moldova, a media outlet that investigates organized crime, money laundering, corruption, smuggling, tax fraud, arms trafficking, and the hidden business of politicians.

“From a small community of activists we grew up to a professional organization able to generate public reactions on high-level corruption, conflict of interest and misuse of power,” Stoianov wrote.

Dima chats with John Schirger in Kansas City

Stoianov is an investigative team coordinator for projects implemented by RISE and a fact checker for the Organized Crime and Corruption Project, including its work on The Panama Papers transnational reporting project. He developed an implemented the whistleblower platform on the RISE website.

Editor Nicolae Cuschevici, said ”he proved to be highly interested in promoting such values as democracy, freedom of information, human rights and civil society development through the journalism he produced and activities he implemented at RISE Moldova.”

After the three-week training at the Missouri School of Journalism, Stoianov began work at Newsy, a cable and over-the-top video news network. During the summer, Dima will work on in-depth investigative journalism projects at ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom in New York City. Dima’s fellowship is funded by John and Kathy Schirger of Kansas City.