Anne Will

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Anne Will
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Born Anne Will
(1966-03-18) March 18, 1966 (age 50)
Cologne, Germany
Occupation anchorwoman, television journalist
Years active 1990–present

Anne Will (born March 18, 1966) is a television journalist from Germany. She was anchorwoman of the daily Tagesthemen news broadcast on ARD from April 14, 2001, to June 24, 2007.[1]


Will was born on March 18, 1966, in Cologne, Germany. She grew up in Hürth, the daughter of an architect. After attending high school at the Albert-Schweitzer-Gymnasium in Hürth, she studied history, politics, and anglistics (English language and literature) in Cologne and Berlin starting in 1985. During her studies she was already working as a journalist at Kölnische Rundschau (Cologne Review) and the Berliner Volksblatt newspaper. In mid-1990, she graduated with a Magister Artium from the University of Cologne and began her career in radio and television at Sender Freies Berlin (now part of Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg).[1]

At the end of 1992, she became more widely known while presenting both the talk show Mal ehrlich and the television sports magazine Sportpalast. At the time, she also hosted the show Parlazzo at station WDR from 1996 to 1998.[1]

Will was the first woman to host the popular German sports show Sportschau starting in November 1999. During the 2000 Summer Olympics, she presented a variety of live sports shows from Sydney, Australia on ARD.[1]

From April 14, 2001, to June 24, 2007, she presented the prime German broadcast late night news magazine Tagesthemen in alternation with Ulrich Wickert and, from September 2006, with his successor Tom Buhrow. Since September 16, 2007, she has hosted her own political talkshow Anne Will, succeeding retired Sabine Christiansen. Her successor at Tagesthemen is Caren Miosga.

An active contributor to the Kindernothilfe and UNICEF charities, she is also involved in projects aiming to eliminate landmines. She hosted the German stage event in front of the Siegessäule in Berlin of the Live8 on July 2, 2005.

Will lives in Berlin with long-time partner Miriam Meckel, editor-in-chief of the major German magazine WirtschaftsWoche and professor of communication and media at the Swiss University of St. Gallen.[2]



  1. ^ a b c d "Anne Will - Persönlich" (in German). NDR. Archived from the original on 5 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
  2. ^ "Anne Will liebt Frau Professor Miriam Meckel - und das ist gut so" (in German). Europolitan. 2007-11-19. Retrieved 2016-07-08.