Matthijs van Nieuwkerk

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Matthijs van Nieuwkerk
Born (1960-09-08) September 8, 1960 (age 53)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Occupation Journalist, television presenter
Spouse(s) Karin
Children Kees and Jet

Matthijs van Nieuwkerk (born September 8, 1960) is a Dutch journalist and television presenter.


Matthijs van Nieuwkerk was born in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands.

In 1980 he started his study Dutch language at the University of Amsterdam, but he never finished his study.

With his friend Mark van den Heuvel he started interviewing sportsmen for the Dutch newspaper Het Parool. Some of the famous people were the chess grandmasters Kasparov and Karpov and footballer Johnny Rep. After that brief period he began interviewing writers, and he totally changed the page for literature. In 1988 he became editor for the arts department.

But in 1996 he even became editor-in-chief of Het Parool. Knowing that he needed a new challenge he started making TV for AT5, the television channel of the Amsterdam region in 2001. Nederland 3 noticed him and in 2002 he applied for the job of coordinator, which he got. After six months he chose to start working in front of the camera's, he presented the political programme Nederland Kiest with Felix Rottenberg in 2003, just before the elections. NOVA, a Dutch programme about politics, scouted Felix and him, but a little while after their start they both left because of a row with the redaction. Unknowing of the impact that would be made, he started with De Wereld Draait Door (literal meaning "The world keeps on turning", although "draait door" is also figurative speech for "goes crazy"), a huge hit that airs every day in the week, except for Saturday and Sunday. The programme received the 2007 Gouden Televizierring, the Dutch equivalent of the Emmy Awards, for best programme. Another successful programme is Holland Sport, a Mondaynight programme where he and Wilfried de Jong discuss all kind of sports. Leo Blokhuis, a music expert, and Van Nieuwkerk make the Popquiz and Top 2000 a Go-Go every year. He was nominated for the Zilveren Televizier-ster for best show host in 2006 and 2007,[1] but didn't win on either occasion.



A few of the programmes van Nieuwkerk presents or presented:

  • Prima Vista, VPRO, 1991
  • De Gids, a late night show by VARA
  • TV3, a cultural debate programme of the NPS he presented with Hadassah de Boer
  • Popquiz à Go-Go, a music programme by the NPS.
  • Top 2000 à Go-Go, specially made for the Radio 2 Top 2000, since 2002
  • Top 2000 in Concert, also made for Radio 2, since 2003
  • Nederland Kiest en NOVA with Felix Rottenberg
  • FC Godenzonen, an AT5 programme in 2003
  • Holland Sport, with Wilfried de Jong, since 2003
  • De Wereld Draait Door, since 2005
  • Wat heet!, since the 14th of May 2007
  • De Zomer draait door, since the 2nd of Juni 2007

Other media[edit]

Matthijs van Nieuwkerk founded the football magazine 'Hard Gras' with Henk Spaan and wrote a couple of books for it. He likes football and he plays in a team of 'Buitenveldert' along with Frits Barend. Van Nieuwkerk also played judo, volleyball, baseball and cricket.

Youth magazine J/M had Van Nieuwkerk as a writer of columns and he helped with a book about fathers. In the Baantjer episode 'De moord op de man die weg wilde' he played a journalist.


Van Nieuwkerk is married to Karin and he has a son, Kees (named after Kees de jongen, a popular Dutch book) and a daughter, Jet. He lives with them in Amsterdam.


  1. ^ "Oude bekenden genomineerd voor Televizier-Ring". NRC Handelsblad (in Dutch). 2 October 2008. Retrieved 5 September 2010.