Vol. 22 No. 2
Why the U.S. and E.U. Must Lead on Trade: Westerwelle’s Speech at the Berlin Dinner
By Johannes Gernert (Burns 2012)
When Guido Westerwelle visited the United States in 1987 on a trip sponsored by the United States Information Agency, he realized that Florida wasn’t only the beaches he had dreamed of, but also included urban cities like Tallahassee, the capital, where he ended up. This trip gave him a deeper understanding of the country, he says in hindsight.
|Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, a longtime IJP trustee, at Berlin Dinner.
One of the lessons he learned on the trip, Germany’s foreign minister told the audience at the Burns Dinner in Berlin on June 4, was that the way we translate words sometimes “leads us in the wrong direction.” He said “austerity,” for example, in the United States has “this brutal message of cuts in the budget.” Whereas the German translation of “Haushaltsdisziplin” sounds great to Germans: “discipline—we love this.”
Yet a couple of days after a more recent trip to the United States at the end of May, during which he met the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Westerwelle wasn’t focused on the differences, but on the common values of the transatlantic relationship.
They discussed the idea of a transatlantic free trade agreement which could bring the two most successful connected trade areas in the world even closer together. “This is not only about the economy,” Westerwelle said. It is also about the political assertion of western values. “We are establishing standards in a world that sees a political continental drift.”
|Outgoing patron and U.S. Ambassador Philip Murphy with Frank-Dieter Freiling.
A world in which Latin America and Africa don’t have a permanent seat on the Security Council of the United Nations. A world where Asia has only one permanent seat on the Security Council. This was the world of yesterday, not the world of today or tomorrow, the foreign minister said. “We have to adjust to this new world. Either we are establishing worldwide standards—or someone else is.” As illustrations, he pointed out China’s self-confidence and mentioned other growing economies in addition to Russia, India and Brazil.
“On this evening, I’d like to ask you to approach the transatlantic relationship not only in terms of gratitude—the country that brought us freedom—but also in terms of strategic thoughts leading into the future,” Westerwelle told the Burns alumni and new fellows who had gathered in the atrium of Deutsche Bank, some of whom detected in this speech the first traces of the German election campaign that is approaching this summer. Apart from austerity—or Haushaltsdisziplin—how can we unleash forces of growth, the former chairman of the German liberal party asked. His answer: freedom. “Protectionism doesn’t unleash forces of growth.”
|From left: U.S. trustee J.D. Bindenagel, IJP board chairman Rainer Neske and Foreign Minister Westerwelle.
Westerwelle was introduced by U.S. Ambassador to Germany Philip Murphy, who will leave his post this summer. Dinner co-host and Deutsche Bank board member Rainer Neske said he regretted that President Obama was taking Murphy back to the United States after his stay in Berlin.
Frank-Dieter Freiling, director of the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship, also thanked Murphy for his extraordinary support of the program during his years in Germany.
Johannes Gernert is an editor and reporter at die tageszeitung in Berlin, developing and writing cover stories for its new weekend edition, taz.am wochenende. He spent his Burns Fellowship in 2012 at the Oakland Tribune in California.
From left: Clemens Wergin (Burns 2003), Helen Chang (Burns 2009), and Andrew Curry (Burns 2003).
|The Deutsche Bank atrium.
Some of the 2013 German Burns Fellows.
West Coast Alumni Dinner:
Journalism in the Digital Age
Burns alumni gathered at the German consulate in San Francisco on March 27 for the second West Coast Burns Alumni Dinner. Following a cocktail reception and dinner, Kara Swisher (Burns 1992) of
All Things D gave a brief speech on her career since her Burns Fellowship and offered the following five tips for journalism in the digital era.
1. Be an entrepreneur – Think of yourself as someone who can create and work on your own.
2. Be promiscuous! – All of the outlets matter, so be everywhere, including on Facebook and Twitter.
3. Think social, mobile and local – More and more people are getting their news via social media or on their mobile phones.
4. Know your audience – Write about things they are interested in learning more about.
5. Knowledge is power – With the internet at our fingertips, we can know anything in two seconds.
Mark Veverka (Burns 1992), Matt Johanson (Burns 1995) and Tanya Schevitz (Burns 2007) enjoy the reception with Frank Freiling.
Kara Swisher (Burns 1992) gives the group tips on journalism in the digital era.
Kissinger in Berlin
On June 10, a couple of weeks after his 90th birthday, U.S. Burns trustee and former Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger met with a dozen local Burns alumni for breakfast and a background discussion in Berlin. Also present was former patron Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, who now works for Allianz SE in Berlin.
2012 Burns and Kennan Award Winners
The 2012 Arthur F. Burns Awards honored articles on a range of issues—from an activist’s battle against the death penalty to last year’s U.S. presidential elections. The German foreign minister awards the prizes to one German and one American Burns alumnus or alumna, who published an outstanding story during 2012 on a political, economic or cultural issue in the partner country or on transatlantic relations.
The 2,000 Euro prize for the best German contribution went to Johannes Gernert (Burns 2012), an editor at Tageszeitung. During his Burns Fellowship with the Oakland Tribune last year, Gernert wrote a variety of reports and features, especially for the taz Sunday supplement. In “
Die Lebensaufgabe (The Life Challenge),” published on Sept. 1, 2012, he describes the painstaking battle of an activist against the export of European anesthesia drugs into the United States, where they are used for the execution of death row inmates. Two other remarkable entries include “
Der Junge unterm Feigenbaum (The Boy under the Fig Tree)," a story about America’s most famous sperm donor, published on Oct. 20, 2012; and “
Die Stadt, die nicht mehr kann (The City That Can No More),” on the events that led to the bankruptcy of the city of Stockton, Calif., published on Sept. 22, 2012. Each of Gernert’s articles compel readers with meticulous research, as well as dramatic and captivating language. Gernert masterfully builds tension and surprises readers with unexpected twists that keep them reading to the end. Ruth Reichstein and Heike Haarhoff also contributed to the winning entry.
|Deutsche Bank board member Rainer Neske with Burns Award winner Johannes Gernert (right) and Kennan Award winner Martin Klingst (left).
Another German reporter, Tobias Peter (Burns 2012), an editor at Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, received an honorable mention for his tenacious, in-depth reporting on the issues and background related to the U.S. elections, especially given his limited resources working for a regional newspaper. In addition to multiple excellent commentary stories, Peter wrote a seven-part series titled “
U.S.-Wahlkampf (U.S. Campaign)” that focused on issues such as the economy, health, wealth, religion and conflict, etc., during the final week of the campaign from Oct. 29 through Nov. 5, 2012.
The jury decided not to award a 2,000 Euro prize to a U.S. Burns alumnus or alumna this year.
However, two U.S. alumni received honorary mentions. Bruce Falconer (Burns 2012) was honored for his article “
Eviction Noticed,” published in the winter issue of The American Scholar. He used the example of ‘Kunsthaus Tacheles,’ an art colony that squatted in an old building for the past two decades, to show the effects of gentrification in what was formerly East Berlin. Last year’s Burns award winner Aaron Wiener (Burns 2010) was honored for “
Made in the Shade,” a comprehensive account on how Germany lost its once leading role in the global market of solar panel manufacturing to China. The story ran in the July 9 edition of Foreign Policy.
The George F. Kennan Commentary Award is given annually to a journalist who has published a commentary in a German publication during the past calendar year. The content of the commentary must be a remarkable exploration of issues concerning the United States or the transatlantic relationship. The award includes a 2,000 Euro check.
The jury awarded the 2012 prize to Martin Klingst, Washington bureau chief for the weekly Die Zeit, for his commentary “
Das Ende des weissen Mannes: Und plötzlich ist der Sohn schwul (The End of the White Man).” The article was published on Nov. 15, 2012. In an outstanding article, he concisely articulates the reasons for the Republican defeat in the presidential election of 2012. He highlights Colorado—a critical swing state—that was previously dominated by Republicans, but now leans Democratic. He explains the social shift that led to this realignment and puts it into the broader political context. Klingst intelligently analyzes the consequences the Republicans should draw if they want to be successful again in future national elections.
The jury for both awards is composed of former award winners and journalists Sabine Christiansen, Dr. Christoph von Marschall (Tagesspiegel), Claus Strunz (Axel Springer), Stefan Kornelius (Süddeutsche Zeitung) and Gordon Repinski (Der Spiegel), as well as Dr. Frank-Dieter Freiling (ZDF).
‘Chickens and Eggs’: Obstacles to the Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement
By Christian Salewski (Burns 2010)
On his recent
visit to Washington, Philip Rösler told attendees during his speech at the Brookings Institution that he “would definitely eat chicken here in the United States.” Given the affirmative reaction of the audience, the German vice chancellor’s diet is certainly of interest these days. Rösler came to talk about the prospects of a comprehensive free trade agreement between the United States and the European Union, something President Obama prominently endorsed in his State of the Union address in February. He also gave the unborn baby a name: Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Since then, TTIP has developed into the next big thing in transatlantic affairs—turning the question of whether a German Minister of Economics and Technology would eat at KFC or not into a crucial one.
|Vice Chancellor Phillip Rösler at the Brookings Institution.
For free traders on both sides of the Atlantic, chicken serves as a symbolic reason why a transatlantic free trade agreement has failed for decades. While chicken in the United States is usually bathed in chlorine for sanitary purposes, the European Union restricts this kind of treatment. The result is that U.S. chicken barely enters the European market. Now many policy makers and business leaders in the United States and Europe think the time is ripe for a new round of trade negotiations, which shouldn’t fail over “half chickens and eggs,” as Rösler put it. The talks are set to begin sometime after President Obama’s June visit to Berlin, if Congress and the European Parliament give the green light, and are ambitiously scheduled to conclude within two years. But what will be on the table besides chicken disinfection? What are the motives for a diplomatic endeavour of such scale? What is to be gained, and will it work?
I arrived in Washington in April to find answers to these and many other questions. With generous support from the Internationale Journalisten Programme, I was placed as a Holbrooke journalist-in-residence fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). I not only received an office for seven weeks, but immediately found many people who helped with my research and brought me up to speed in the field of free trade. After several weeks of visiting panels, attending conferences and talking to experts, my impression is that the prospects of reaching a free trade agreement are brighter than ever, but there are still many obstacles. Most people I interviewed believe that it will be critical for both sides to sustain high level political support and to explain to stakeholders and the public what is at stake.
With the U.S. economy still in recovery and the E.U. economy arrested by the Euro crisis, politicians are eager to seize every opportunity to boost growth, foster investment and create jobs without taking on more debt. With interest rates at a historic low, many economists believe that the only stimulus playing field left is trade. And indeed the numbers are impressive: Even though traditional tariffs are already very low (on average around four percent), getting rid of them would lead to economic growth worth billions, just because of the sheer volume of transatlantic trade. But more interesting, and far more controversial, is the elimination of the so called non-tariff barriers to trade, which can add the equivalent of 10 to 20 percent tariffs to the price of goods. It is here that chicken comes into play. If only half of today’s different sanitary and industrial standards and government regulations were to be harmonized or mutually accepted, this could boost GDP in both countries by three percent, at least according to an estimate by The Economist.
But of course putting two entire economies on the table also raises many concerns. Many Europeans are afraid their supermarkets will be filled with products made from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and hormone-treated beef, or that protections and subsidies for the domestic film industry could be lowered. Many Americans on the other hand dislike the idea that their community schools or streets could soon be built by European construction companies if so called “Buy American” regulations are eliminated, or that the cheapest flight between the East and West Coast could be provided by Lufthansa or Air France. It will be a long and often painful endeavour to address all of these issues while keeping the spirit alive.
And how do you make such a dry but nevertheless important topic palpable for a larger audience? The answer I found discussing the matter with the editors-in-chief of Capital and impulse, two German economic monthlies, is this: Make the products the protagonists of the story, and explain how their trade could be affected by a transatlantic trade deal. This research has led me across the country, including to Michigan, Tennessee, Rhode Island, North Carolina, New York and back to D.C. again. And that’s not the end of the road. After I return to Germany in mid-June, I will conclude my research by covering the European side, so that the articles can be published when TTIP really hits the news.
This approach—following specific products along the value chain—also serves as the basic research principle of a new journalistic initiative I co-founded recently: Follow the Money (
www.followthemoney.de). This experiment is about finding new ways of funding innovative economic reporting that is in the public interest. By the time this newsletter is sent out, we will have successfully crowdfunded our first project, which will research the illegal flow of electronic waste from Germany to the developing world by chasing scrap TVs in which we plant GPS tracking devices.
My time as a Holbrooke Fellow clearly served this purpose too: I met many U.S. colleagues who are experimenting with new forms of journalism. We will cooperate with some in the future. When Ulrich Grillo, president of the Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie (BDI), spoke on TTIP in Washington some weeks ago, he said, “Our transatlantic partnership is of greatest importance to both our industries.” I believe this is especially true for journalism, and I’m grateful that IJP gave me the opportunity to live up to that once again.
Christian Salewski spent his Burns Fellowship in 2010 at the non-profit news organization ProPublica in New York. Afterwards he worked as a staff writer and editor for G+J Wirtschaftsmedien in Hamburg, until the publisher recently decided to cease publication of Financial Times Deutschland. He now works as a freelance reporter based in Hamburg.
Holbrooke Research Grants - Call for Applications
|Christian Salewski (Burns 2010) interviews the second officer of a car transporting vessel in Rhode Island as part of his Holbrooke Grant researching the transatlantic free trade agreement.
Internationale Journalisten Programme (IJP) and the Arthur F. Burns Fellowships are providing a special opportunity for journalists with a passion for research and storytelling around the globe.
The Holbrooke Research Grants offer stipends of up to €4,000 to as many as 10-15 print, broadcast and new media journalists. Grantees will be selected by an advisory board, including professionals and trustees working in journalism.
The grants were recently renamed to honor Richard Holbrooke and his outstanding service in the field of international relations and specifically the German-American relationship. Holbrooke was an American diplomat, magazine editor, author and investment banker. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Germany from 1993-1994 and the Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs from 1994-1996. He also helped form the American Academy in Berlin and was its founding chairman. Most recently, he served as the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He died in December 2010. These travel and research grants honor his legacy of cross-cultural exchange and diplomacy.
Who: All IJP and Burns alumni are eligible—both newsroom staffers and freelancers.
What: The grants support ambitious journalism projects including, but not limited to, the global economic crisis. Joint projects between journalists from different countries are encouraged, but individual projects will also be considered. A transatlantic perspective should be part of the project.
When: The deadline is ongoing throughout 2013 until funds are exhausted.
Selection Criteria: When choosing, we consider each candidate’s professional accomplishments and potential; his or her individual and organizational commitment; and the potential impact of the proposed journalistic project. For collaborative projects, each applicant should submit a separate application that incorporates the jointly developed project proposal. Click
here for details on what to submit.
Requirements: The program will only review completed applications endorsed by a news organization. Stories must be published or broadcast within four months of grant award date. Eighty percent of the amount of each grant will be paid at the outset of the project, with the remaining 20 percent to be paid upon publication or broadcast.
Sponsored by: The Holbrooke Research Grants are financed by contributions from Goldman Sachs and the Ford Foundation. Additional funding comes from the transatlantic program of the Federal Republic of Germany with funding from the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi).
2013 Burns Fellows
(Host media in parentheses)
Mr. Jannis Brühl, Editor, Süddeutsche.de, Munich
(ProPublica, New York City)
Mr. Jens Christof, Deputy Head Radio, MDR Thüringen, Weimar
(Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Toronto)
Ms. Amrai Coen, Freelancer, Die Zeit, Hamburg
Mr. Jan Friedmann, Reporter, Der Spiegel, Hamburg
(The Washington Post)
Ms. Angela Friedrich, Reporter, N24 (TV), Berlin
(KGW, Portland, OR)
Mr. Fabian Gartmann, Reporter, Handelsblatt, Düsseldorf
(The Chicago Tribune)
Mr. Maximilian Holscher, Junior Editor, Hessisch/Niedersächsische Allgemeine, Kassel
(The Miami Herald)
Mr. Marc Sauber, Anchor, Bayerischer Rundfunk (TV), Munich
(CNN L.A. Bureau)
Dr. Anna Sauerbrey, Editor, Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin
(The Philadelphia Inquirer)
Ms. Anne Seith, Correspondent, Der Spiegel, Frankfurt
(The Wall Street Journal)
(Host media in parentheses)
Mr. Tim Devaney, National Reporter, The Washington Times, Washington, D.C.
(Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich)
Ms. Madelyn Mahon, Assistant Producer, Minnesota Public Radio, Saint Paul, MN
(Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich)
Mr. Kelly Nestruck, Theatre Critic, The Globe and Mail, Toronto, Canada
(Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Berlin)
Mr. Pedro Oliveira, Jr., Staff Writer, New York Post, New York City
Ms. Amanda Peacher, Public Insight Journalist, Oregon Public Broadcasting, Portland, OR
Ms. Emily Schultheis, National Political Reporter, POLITICO, Arlington, VA
(Spiegel Online International, Berlin)
Mr. Gregory Thomas, Contributing Writer, VICE Media, Brooklyn, NY
(Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin)
Ms. Sheila Upadhya, International Newsource Assignment Editor, CNN, Atlanta, GA
Mr. Steven Valentino, Associate Producer, WNYC, New York City
Ms. Ana Ward, Multimedia Producer, Voice of America, Washington, D.C.
(ZDF Finanzredaktion, Mainz)
The Arthur F. Burns Fellowship News is published four times a year by the International Center for Journalists.
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Named in honor of the late former U.S. ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany and former Federal Reserve Board chairman, the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship Program fosters greater understanding of German–U.S. relations among future leaders of the news media.
The Burns program was established in 1988 in Germany by the Internationale Journalisten-Programme (formerly the Initiative Jugendpresse) and was originally designed for young German journalists. In 1990, the fellowship expanded to include American journalists, making it a true exchange.
Each year 20 outstanding journalists from the United States and Germany are awarded an opportunity to report from and travel in each other’s countries. The program offers 10 young print and broadcast journalists from each country the opportunity to share professional expertise with their colleagues across the Atlantic while working as “foreign correspondents” for their hometown news organizations.
Fellows work as part-time staff members at host newspapers, magazines and radio and television stations. In addition to covering local news, fellows report on events for their employers back home, while learning more about their host country and its media.
This competitive program is open to U.S. and German journalists who are employed by a newspaper, news magazine, broadcast station or news agency, and to freelancers. Applicants must have demonstrated journalistic talent and a strong interest in U.S.–European affairs. German language proficiency is not required, but is encouraged.
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Dear Burns Alumni,
The 25th year of the Burns program is coming to a close. With more than 150 alumni and trustees present, the Berlin Dinner on June 4 boasted a record high attendance. Guests enjoyed hearing from keynote speaker Guido Westerwelle, the German foreign minister and a former IJP trustee for many years, and cheered outgoing patron and U.S. Ambassador Philip Murphy.
The new class of fellows has been selected and most of their placements are confirmed. They will meet with East Coast alumni and U.S. trustees on July 24 in Washington at the traditional reception hosted by patron and German Ambassador Peter Ammon. I sincerely hope you will welcome them in early August if they are posted to your hometown.
The George F. Kennan Award and the Arthur F. Burns Awards for 2012 were presented during the Berlin Dinner. Two Holbrooke journalists-in-residence were selected for 2013—Christian Salewski (Burns 2010) and David Francis (Burns 2009) have been placed in D.C. and Berlin, respectively. Half a dozen Holbrooke Research Grants have been awarded to Burns and IJP alumni over the past six months and more grant funds are still available, so please apply!
We are looking forward to the next quarter century of the Burns Fellowship. With your help and support, we can ensure that great candidates apply and a great alumni network flourishes!
I wish you a happy and relaxed summer on both sides of the Atlantic.
All the best,
After a long break, a group of IJP alumni in Munich has re-started a series of informal gatherings called the IJP Presserunde München (the IJP Munich Roundtable), which started in the 1990s. At the first meeting on April 30, their guests of honor were William (Bill) E. Moeller, U.S. consul general in Munich, and Paul Heardman, consul general of the United Kingdom for Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. Alumni from various IJP programs had a very interesting discussion and appreciated the lively evening supported by the hospitality of Allianz SE.
Tim Lienhard’s 90-minute documentary titled One Zero One is working the circuit of film festivals in London, Turin, Amsterdam, Tel Aviv and San Francisco.
Last October, Karen Nickel Anhalt became associate director, Global Analyst Relations and Research, for the auditing firm KPMG. She is still based in Berlin. Olaf Kische, who works for MDR´s office for ARD Aktuell, now heads the department responsible for the show “Sachsenspiegel” at MDR TV.
Nikolaus Blome, deputy editor-in-chief of the daily Bild, published his book on Angela Merkel,
Die Zauderkünstlerin (Pantheon Verlag). Anke Plättner, who has covered Berlin first for Phoenix, then WDR and ARD since 2002, now works as a freelance TV reporter and business consultant. She is still based in Berlin.
Marko Martin published
Kosmos Tel Aviv, a book on Israeli literature and lifestyle (Wehrhahn Verlag).
Andreas Fritsch is happy to announce the birth of his second child, Leonard Elias Fritsch.
is now an attorney with Jansson, Munger, McKinley & Shape, Ltd., specializing in copyright and trademark matters as well as patent litigation. Andreas Wunn
, ZDF’s Latin America correspondent based in Rio, published a book titled
In Brasilien geht’s ohne Textilien
Barbara Junge moved to Washington, D.C., with her partner Holger Stark, who is the new U.S. correspondent for Der Spiegel. He is partially replacing Gregor Peter Schmitz (Burns 1997) who is returning to Germany. Barbara will work for Der Tagesspiegel, as she did in Berlin, since its correspondent Christoph von Marshall, a Kennan Award jury member, is returning to Berlin. Karen Kleinwort will be moving to Mexico City this summer and looking for a job there. She would appreciate any ideas for job opportunities. Stefan Krücken had a fourth baby, Marie, in May. His publishing house, Ankerherz, already employs a staff of 14 and is considering expanding to the United States. Cordula Meyer is deputy head of the Deutschland section at the weekly Der Spiegel. She is based in Hamburg.
Guy Raz recently left hosting Weekend All Things Considered to launch a new show on NPR. It’s called the TED Radio Hour and is a collaboration between NPR and TED. It’s a show about big ideas. Check it out on iTunes. Verena Schmitt-Roschmann received a big promotion in April. She is now in charge of worldwide news for the German service of the Associated Press, distributed in Germany since February by the news agency dpa.
In April, producer and director Oliver Becker signed with German national broadcaster VOX to produce a six-part series on the world’s most dangerous roads. He completed the first part on Bolivia’s “La carretera de la muerte (Death Road)” in May. His next trips will take him to India and Siberia, among others. (Photo - A bus on its way from La Paz to Chulumani.)
Arne Delfs, previously a political reporter for the economic magazine Capital, will help start the German service of Bloomberg in their Berlin bureau. Kerstin Münstermann started on June 1 as a reporter covering foreign news for the news agency dpa out of Berlin. Tom Wetzling left MDR in Leipzig to join the press department of the Green Party at the Federal Parliament in Berlin.
Annie Baxter and Curtis Gilbert (Burns 2007) will soon celebrate the first birthday of their son, Noah Baxter Gilbert, born July 5, 2012.
Stefanie Bolzen is the new United Kingdom and Ireland correspondent for Die WELT. Thoralf Schwanitz has joined Google to work for the public policy team from the company’s Hamburg office.
Corinna Emundts returned to work for ARD’s Berlin bureau in March, after having spent a year with newborn daughter Josephine and moving to a new house by the lakes in Potsdam.
Nicola Leske has taken a new position at Reuters covering mergers and acquisitions in the tech, media and telecom industries. She is still based in New York City.
Christian Meier, previously the deputy editor, became head of the media portal Meedia in May. Fabian Mohr now works for Zeit Online in their Berlin bureau. Frederik Pleitgen, the Berlin bureau chief for CNN since 2006, will now also spend one week a month as host of RTL’s “Nachtjournal.”
Holger Fritsche is an IJP Fellow in the German-Dutch program and is temporarily working for Nieuwsuur in Amsterdam. Rebecca Rose Jacobs left the Financial Times and moved from London to Munich in May, where she is now working as a freelance journalist. Nicole Markwald left HR-Info in Frankfurt last fall to have a baby and relocate to the United States. Her son Jasper Hoffman was born on Dec. 18 in Santa Monica, Calif. She went back to work a couple of months later. As of April 1, she is the new bureau chief for the ARD Hörfunkstudio in Los Angeles.
Joseph Yackley recently completed his PhD at the University of Chicago and has joined the U.S. Department of State. He will spend the next two years as a political officer in Tunisia beginning in July. He welcomes any Burnsies to look him up if they make their way to Tunis.
Allison Connolly, previously a healthcare reporter for Bloomberg News in Frankfurt, moved to a new position with Bloomberg in London. In May, Bettina Gartner published her second book titled
Als die Kinder aus den Krautköpfen kamen. Damals in Südtirol, which tells humorous anecdotes from her home region of South Tyrol. Please see the 2002 listing for Curtis Gilbert’s news. Damaso Reyes was recently selected as an immigration reporting fellow by the French-American Foundation. In March, he published an article and photographs in World Policy Journal documenting the spread of Pentecostalism .
Georg Kern now works for Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung. Marion Schmidt left the now shuttered Financial Times Deutschland to become deputy editor of the “Chancen” section of the weekly Die Zeit.
After Fredy Gareis finished his work as a freelance correspondent in Israel, he decided to return to Berlin by bicycle. The journey took four months, during which he crossed 14 countries and rode 5,114 kilometers. He is now writing a book about it, which is scheduled to be published next spring.
Steffi Dobmeier is now a news editor for Zeit Online. Since October 1, 2012, Andreas Große Halbuer has been working as a political reporter in the Berlin bureau of Focus. Christian Salewski, currently a Holbrooke journalist-in-residence in Washington, D.C., started a website titled
www.followthemoney.de, to research and track where money from the declining newspaper business in Germany is going.
Anne Allmeling got a surprise offer to start covering the Maghreb as a radio correspondent in ARD’s bureau in Rabat, Morocco, starting in mid-June for at least six months. Moritz Honert had a daughter, Ada Matilda, this past March. He is still at the Berlin daily Tagesspiegel. Cornelius Pollmer finished his traineeship at Süddeutsche Zeitung and is now working as a reporter covering Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. He is based in Dresden. Anton Troianovski, only two years after his Burns Fellowship, will start covering German politics, economics and society this summer for The Wall Street Journal from their Berlin bureau.
Moritz Küpper published
Politik kann man lernen—Politische Seiteneinsteiger in Deutschland, about late comers in political life in Germany (Mitteldeutscher Verlag). Bettina Meier is now a broadcast journalist for German Public Radio & TV ARD, INFOradio Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg, and ARD Hauptstadtstudio. Tim Loh is now covering finance and business for the Hearst Connecticut Newspaper Group, based out of Greenwich, Conn. Tobias Peter, a news editor and reporter at the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, has been awarded a fellowship from the Heinz Kühn foundation, which will allow him to do research in Liberia for six weeks. Kristina Shevory won a Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation Fellowship for her coverage of Iraq and Afghanistan military veterans and was awarded a writers residency at the Mesa Refuge to continue her work. Rachel Stern will return to Berlin this fall for a year on a Fulbright Scholarship for journalists. Her project was inspired by a story she worked on while she was a Burns Fellow at Spiegel Online last year. Takis Würger was awarded the CNN award for print journalism for his article on German soldiers in Afghanistan. It was titled “
The lost battalion” and was published in Der Spiegel.
Fabian Gartmann, along with Soenke Iwersen, was awarded one of the most prestigious German media prizes, the Henri Nannen Award, for their investigative story “Ladenschluss,” a chronicle of the downfall of the Schlecker warehouse chain, published in the daily Handelsblatt.
July 24, 2013
German Ambassador's Residence
July 23 - Sept. 27, 2013
U.S. Trustees (2010-2013)
Patron: The Honorable Dr. Peter Ammon, German Ambassador to the United States
Joyce Barnathan, President, International Center for Journalists (ICFJ)
Elizabeth Becker, Journalist and Author
Albert Behler, President and CEO, Paramount Group, Inc.
Amb. J.D. Bindenagel, Vice President, Community, Government and International Affairs, DePaul University
Rebecca Blumenstein, Deputy Managing Editor and International Editor, The Wall Street Journal
Marcus W. Brauchli, Vice President, The Washington Post Company
Amb. Richard Burt, Senior Advisor, McLarty Associates (Honorary Chairman)
Dr. Martin Bussmann, Mannheim LLC
Nikhil Deogun, Managing Editor, CNBC
David W. Detjen, Partner, Alston & Bird LLP
Dr. Hans-Ulrich Engel, CFO, BASF SE; Chairman and CEO, BASF Corporation
Dr. Frank-Dieter Freiling, Director, Internationale Journalisten Programme, e.V. (IJP)
Prof. Dr. Ronald Frohne, President and CEO, GWFF USA, Inc.
James F. Hoge, Jr., Chairman, Human Rights Watch (Honorary Chairman)
Robert M. Kimmitt, Senior International Counsel, WilmerHale
The Honorable Henry A. Kissinger, Chairman, Kissinger Associates
Christian Lange, CEO, President and Co-Founder, European Investors Inc.
The Honorable Frank E. Loy, Former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs (Chairman)
Sen. Richard G. Lugar, Former United States Senator
Kati Marton, Author and Journalist
Wolfgang Pordzik, Executive Vice President, Corporate Public Policy, DHL North America
John F. W. Rogers, Managing Director, Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Garrick Utley, President, Levin Institute, SUNY
Stanford S. Warshawsky, Chairman, Bismarck Capital, LLC (Vice Chairman)
Legal Advisor: Phillip C. Zane, Attorney at Law, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz
German Trustees (2010-2013)
Patron: The Honorable Philip D. Murphy, U.S. Ambassador to Germany
Dr. Thomas Bellut, Director-General, ZDF
Erik Bettermann, Director-General, Deutsche Welle
Prof. Dr. Reinhard Bettzuege, Former Ambassador
Dr. Martin Blessing, CEO, Commerzbank AG
Prof. Maria Böhmer, State Minister, Member of Parliament, CDU/CSU
Tom Buhrow, Anchorman, ARD
Sabine Christiansen, Journalist, TV21 Media
Dr. Mathias Döpfner, CEO, Axel Springer AG
Thomas Ellerbeck, Chairman, Vodafone Foundation
Leonhard F. Fischer, Partner, RHJI Swiss Management
Dr. Rüdiger Frohn, Chairman, Stiftung Mercator
Emilio Galli-Zugaro, Head Group Communications, Allianz Group
Dr. Tessen von Heydebreck, Former Member of the Board, Deutsche Bank AG (Honorary Chairman)
Dr. Luc Jochimsen, Member of Parliament, Die Linke
Michael Georg Link, State Minister, Foreign Office, Member of Parliament, FDP
Rob Meines, Meines & Partners, The Hague
Kerstin Müller, Former State Minister, Member of Parliament, Buendnis 90/Die Grünen
Mathias Müller von Blumencron, Former Editor-in-Chief, Der Spiegel
Rainer Neske, Board Member, Deutsche Bank (Chairman)
Dagmar Reim, Director General, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg
Helmut Schäfer, Former State Minister, Foreign Office (Honorary Chairman)
Monika Schaller, Senior Vice President, Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Steffen Seibert, Government Spokesman
Dr. Frank Walter Steinmeier, Former Foreign Minister, Chair of the SPD Parliamentary Group
Tobias Trevisan, CEO, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Lord George Weidenfeld, Former CEO, Weidenfeld & Nicolson
The Arthur F. Burns Board of Trustees in the United States and Germany acknowledges with gratitude the support of the following organizations and individuals who have made the 2013 Arthur F. Burns Fellowship program possible.
Sponsors in the U.S.
Alston & Bird, LLP
BMW Group USA
The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation
Deutsche Post DHL Americas
European Investors, Inc.
The Ford Foundation
The Ford Foundation/Institute of International Education
The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
GWFF USA, Inc.
The Ladenburg Foundation
Paramount Group, Inc.
The Hon. J.D. Bindenagel
John and Gina Despres
The Hon. Frank E. Loy
Dr. Guenter and Elsbeth Roesner
Stanford S. Warshawsky
Sponsors in Germany
Robert Bosch Stiftung Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend
Deutsche Bank AG
European Recovery Program (ERP), Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Vibro Beteiligungs GmbH