Vlad Odobescu is a freelance feature writer, a member of the Romanian Centre for Investigative Journalism, and he was a correspondent for Associated Reporters Abroad, a media network based in Berlin, Germany.

Between October and December 2015, he worked with the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna, Austria, as a Milena Jesenska Fellow. Between August 2014 and April 2015, he was a visiting fellow for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship in Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication (ASU) in Phoenix, Arizona. His experience ranges from Evenimentul zilei, a prominent Romanian newspaper to working as a former editor of Yahoo! News Romania. Between January and March 2013, he was a reporter-in-residence with The New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR) in Boston.

Obodescu has won multiple awards and fellowships, including the first prize of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence in 2013, the prize for best feature writing awarded by the Romanian Press Club in 2012 and the “European Reporter 2011,” a competition organised by The Representation of the European Commission in Romania.

Vlad Odobescu

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Vlad Odobescu
feature writer

Supported projects

Organic put to the test

  • Agriculture
  • Industry

ROME/BUCHAREST - With the EU set to boost organic farmland, how can it maintain consumer confidence in an agricultural sector tainted by fraud? 

The Grainkeepers

  • Agriculture
  • Environment
  • Politics

WORLD - Cereal is the new petroleum, farmland the new reservoirs of oil, and ships loaded with grain are the new pipelines. As the value of crops increases, every country in possession of this resource is in a position of power, and its transport to market is a politically-charged operation.

Cash Loans Czar's Maltese Tax Escape Plan

  • Corruption
  • Organised crime
  • Trafficking

How Russian Billionaire and Fashion TV investor paid near zero-tax on small loans operations in Europe and USA.

Eurocrimes - Exploring Criminal Worlds on the Continent

  • Organised crime

The migration of criminality between European countries is a major source of social and political tension on the continent. Though dominant in the news, this phenomenon is barely covered in reports released by national and European institutions, creating an information gap that furthers mistrust and fear between people.