There are not many professions around that have more extraordinary job descriptions than that of a foreign correspondent: telling stories from far-distant lands, educating the public, learning something new every day, bridging cultural and geographical divides – and retaining an ability to be amazed while doing it.
Being a storyteller from foreign lands has led me from my hometown of Hamburg, Germany, via Boulder, Colorado to Washington D.C. in the United States. I moved to the U.S. capital in late December 2015, at age 27. I am currently a news producer for ARD German Television. Previously, I worked as the assistant director of the explanatory journalism project CU News Corps at the University of Colorado and as a contributing U.S. correspondent writer for the online news portals of Deutsche Welle and ZDF German TV. My award-winning stories have also been published in outlets such as NBC News, The Denver Post, The Colorado Statesman and the German Hamburger Abendblatt. Aside from the U.S. and Germany, I have also done international reporting in Canada and the Czech Republic.
I started out as a sports reporter. But I soon realized that my true passion is to find ways to help educate and spur public discourse through political coverage. In a time when many people withdraw from the political process, I am constantly on the lookout for creative, engaging multimedia storytelling methods to help relay important information to broad swaths of the international public. Starting in 2016, I have been involved in covering one of the biggest stories of our time – the unprecedented ascendancy of populist Donald Trump all the way to the Oval Office. During the campaign, I covered, for example, the New Hampshire primary or both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Ever since that fateful November day, I have been involved in making sense of the election aftermath.
I am a storyteller, a fact checker, an educator. I am curious. That is why I am a journalist.