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Nikolaus Brender

Former Chief Editor of ZDF
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Nikolaus Brender is the former chief editor of the German TV-channel ZDF. He is considered a renowned personality in the German media industry, as is known for his displays of critical views and approaches in his works.

Brender studied Law and Political Sciences at the universities of Freiburg, Munich and Hamburg. Enthralled by his traineeship at the radio station “Südwestfunk Baden-Baden” and the weekly paper “Die Zeit” in Hamburg, he decided to further pursue a journalistic career. From 1980, he worked as reporter for the” Landesschau” und “Abendschau Baden-Württemberg”, a German TV program, until he was promoted to responsible editor for the newsroom at public broadcaster ARD, in 1982.

In 1984, Brender was responsible for the coverage on the disarmament negotiations between the US and the Soviet Union; he further became foreign correspondent in Buenos Aires for the German broadcaster ARD, for five years. For his work in South America he was rewarded with the “Bayerischer Fernsehpreis”, a renowned German television award. Subsequently, he then was appointed chief editor for politics and current affairs, later on Director of television at German TV broadcaster WDR. Until 1994, Brender worked as newsreader and anchorman for „Weltspiegel“, a program discussing current affairs.

In April 2000, Brender became the chief editor of ZDF, thus he was responsible for the main TV studios in Berlin, several further national and international locations and the digital TV station ZDF Info. From 2012 to 2013 he hosted the monthly talk show “Bei Brender!” that covers issues concerning current political, economic, as well as social affairs.

Nikolaus Brender received numerous awards for his journalistic effort. He was awarded with the “Grimme-Preis” in 1998. In 2002 he received the German TV award for his dedication as a journalist. In 2009 he was named “Journalist of the year” by the Medium Magazine.


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