Journalist, producer and film director at the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project
Matt Sarnecki has directed several documentaries broadcast throughout Europe and beyond. His documentary Killing Pavel, about the murder of investigative journalist Pavel Sheremet, won the Investigative Reporters and Editors Medal in 2017 and the DIG Award (Italy) in 2018. Previously, he produced and directed documentary
series featured on Vice and Powder.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Matt grew up in Los Angeles, California. He earned a BA in political science and history. He spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania before moving to Prague, Czech Republic, where he held a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts.
In 2007 he returned to New York and spent several years working in television and documentary. He earned a master’s degree in journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. Since 2013 he has lived in Bucharest, Romania.