18 March 1966
|Occupation||anchorwoman, television journalist|
Early life and career
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
Will began her career in radio and television at Sender Freies Berlin (now part of Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg). 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.
Anne Will, 2007–present
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. 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).
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.
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.
- "Anne Will - Persönlich" (in German). NDR. Archived from the original on 5 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-29.
- Meinung: Anne Will moderiert TV-Duell. „Quote nur um der Quote willen? Nicht mit mir“ Tagesspiegel, 6 March 2013.
- Merkel and Steinbrück prepare for German TV election debate Deutsche Welle, 1 September 2013.
- Anne Will (May 17, 2010), "Ich bin am Anfang fürchterlich verdroschen worden - sprachlich" Süddeutsche Zeitung.
- "Anne Will liebt Frau Professor Miriam Meckel - und das ist gut so" (in German). Europolitan. 2007-11-19. Retrieved 2016-07-08.