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Kasper Goethals is an award winning investigative reporter for the Belgian newspaper De Standaard. He is based in Brussels and travels around to cover an eclectic beat ranging from politics to social issues spanning Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.
After publishing stories from Poland and the Balkans in the Spring of 2015, Kasper started covering the European migration crisis as a freelance journalist, during which he lived in Athens for several months. In the five years that followed those early reporting days, Kasper’s work has brought him to over thirty countries in four continents.
Migration in and around Europe has been a core interest in Kasper’s work and he has followed migratory routes across Africa and the Middle East. Together with many stories from squalid refugee camps in Europe, these reports have been a humbling experience, full of valueable insights on the condition humaine. Insights which deepened and broadened during special reporting projects from Venezuela, Burma, Iraq, Uganda, Russia, Qatar and elsewhere.
Kasper is most proud of his investigation about the shady business of a major Belgian gold trader in Uganda. Another months long investigation about unpaid, undocumented workers at the construction site of the EU Council’s headquarters made international headlines. Also amongst his favorite work: this report on the EU’s efforts to stop migrants in the desert of Niger, an investigation into the total collapse of socialist Venezuela, a longread from Russian Kaliningrad and this portrait of Murad, a former US army translator on a desperate journey back to Iraq.
Much of his work is the result of collaboration with Coen van de Ven, Olivia Kortas and Johannes De Bruycker. After graduating in 2015, Kasper and his friends founded the journalistic cross-border collective The Caravan’s Journal. The members of the collective continue to travel and report together across borders.
Before joining De Standaard, in May 2017, Kasper had worked for two years as an independent international reporter, contributing to Al Jazeera, De Morgen, Die Welt, Vrij Nederland, Knack, Le Vif and many others.
Kasper was born in the city of Ghent in October of 1992. He holds a BA in Print Journalism from Ghent and an Honors degree in International Reporting from the Media Schools of Utrecht and Aarhus.
Finally, Kasper finds it a bit silly to write about himself in the third person.
Awards and nominations
- In 2020, Kasper won the prestigious Belgian National Press Prize by Belfius, in the category of Finance and Economy, for his story on Belgian gold trader Alain Goetz.
- Also in 2020, Kasper was nominated a second time for the De Loep, Belgium’s and The Netherland’s leading investigative journalism prize, for his story on Belgian gold trader Alain Goetz.
- Also in 2020, Coen, Olivia, Johannes, Kasper and the team of Are We Europe were awarded the Stars4Media ‘Reacting to the Coronavirus Prize’ for their work in their journalistic cross-border project ‘The Summer of 2020‘.
- In 2019, Kasper was nominated for the De Loep, Belgium’s and The Netherland’s leading investigative journalism prize, for his story – ‘I was a slave, what else would you call working in construction without getting paid?’
- In 2018, Coen and Kasper’s story on a road trip through Central and Eastern Europe was nominated for the Best Report Award of the Dutch fund Freepress Unlimited.
- In 2017, Kasper and the other members of The Caravan’s Journal were nominated for a Belgian Press Freedom Prize for their cross-border investigative work and international educational projects for young storytellers.