Studies in American History, Political Science and Archaeology in Cologne and New York. 1979 M.A. at Columbia University, NYC, 1984 Ph.D. at the University of Cologne. Worked for ZDF – German Television and other broadcasters in different functions – reporter, anchor woman and correspondent in Washington. From 1994 to 2000 Head of Programme Family/Current affairs, since 2000 Head of Programme Culture/Science, responsible for non-fiction programme and documentaries in History, Society and Wildlife at MDR/ARD, Leipzig. My department won several prizes for documentaries, among them Deutscher Fernsehpreis, Grimmepreis and a nomination for the Oscars.
‘In a world that is rapidly changing, the need for understanding the growing complexity and inner coherences of conflicts and situations is urgent.
Documentaries may function as a window to the world or as a mirror – both, the undiluted truth or the perception of it have an impact on the viewer and, thus, may also change the world. Europeans - being part of and in the focus of a world wide conflict - would do well to pay attention to the art of documentary film making. The PRIX EUROPA festival encourages film makers to take part in the effort to make the world a better place. I feel honoured to be part of this community of devoted and enthusiastic documentary junkies and look forward to this year’s edition of PRIX EUROPA.’