Anne Will

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Anne Will
MJK 20339 Anne Will (Media Convention Berlin 2018).jpg
Born Anne Will
(1966-03-18) 18 March 1966 (age 52)
Cologne, Germany
Occupation anchorwoman, television journalist
Years active 1990–present

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

Early life and career[edit]

Will was born on 18 March 1966 in Cologne, Germany, the daughter of an architect. She grew up in Hürth and attending the Albert-Schweitzer-Gymnasium high school. From 1985 she studied history, politics, and English in Cologne and Berlin, with a scholarship of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES). Whilst a student she had articles published in the Kölnische Rundschau and Berliner Volksblatt newspapers. In 1990 she graduated with a Master's degree from the University of Cologne.

Career in television[edit]

Will began her career in radio and television at Sender Freies Berlin (now part of Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg).[1] At the end of 1992 she started presenting the talk show Mal ehrlich and the sports magazine Sportpalast. She hosted the Westdeutscher Rundfunk show Parlazzo from 1996 to 1998.[1]

In November 1999 Will became the first woman to host the Sportschau sport show. During the 2000 Summer Olympics, she presented live sport shows from Sydney, Australia for the ARD.[1]

From 14 April 2001 to 24 June 2007 she presented the late night news magazine Tagesthemen alternating with Ulrich Wickert and, from September 2006, with his successor Tom Buhrow.

Anne Will, 2007–present[edit]

Will's political talk show Anne Will has run since 16 September 2007. It succeeded Sabine Christiansen's similar show when Christiansen retired. Will was succeeded at the Tagesthemen by Caren Miosga. Alongside Maybrit Illner, Peter Kloeppel and Stefan Raab, Will also moderated the only TV election debate between incumbent Chancellor Angela Merkel and her competitor Peer Steinbrück ahead of the 2013 elections, which was aired live on four of Germany's most-watched television channels during prime-time.[2][3] She also interviewed Merkel in September 2009 (shortly before the 2009 election), in October 2015, in February 2016, November 2016 and in June 2018 (following the 44th G7 summit). Among the international dignitaries who have appeared on the show are the foreign ministers of Austria and Luxembourg, Sebastian Kurz (2016) and Jean Asselborn (2014, 2015).

In 2010, Will interviewed former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder for daily newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung.[4]

Other activities[edit]

An active contributor to the Kindernothilfe and UNICEF charities, Will 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 2 July 2005. She also serves as Ambassador for the Room of Names of the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin.

Personal life[edit]

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.[5]

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