Carmen Thomas

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Carmen Thomas
Carmen Thomas Hallo-UE-Wagen.jpg
Thomas in Hallo Ü-Wagen on 29 July 1982
Born (1946-05-07) 7 May 1946 (age 72)
EducationUniversity of Cologne
  • Journalist
  • Radio presenter
  • Television presenter
  • Author
  • Lecturer

Carmen Thomas (born 7 May 1946) is a German journalist, radio and television presenter, author and lecturer. On television, she was the first woman to present the ZDF's das aktuelle Sportstudio. She worked for public radio, running Hallo Ü-Wagen, a weekly travelling talk radio from 1974 for 20 years. It won her the recognition of being one of the 100 most influential women in Germany by Forbes in 1990.


Hallo Ü-Wagen

Born in Düsseldorf, Thomas studied German, English and pedagogy at the University of Cologne. She worked already during her studies for the broadcaster Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) in Cologne,[1] from 1968 as a presenter, then as a freelance contributing editor, later in the staff and as director for a group of programs (Programmgruppenleiterin).[2]

She began in the live morning show WDR Morgenmagazin, working until 1974. From 1969 to 1971, she was a reporter for the television news Hier und heute [de].[1] In 1972, she was the first woman to present the television day magazine, which led to a contract for a year by the BBC for Midweek, the first such contract for a German woman.[3] She was the first female sports presenter when she began presenting das aktuelle Sportstudio of the ZDF in 1973.[2][3] After the Sportstudio, from 1975, she presented the 3 nach 9 talk show of Radio Bremen for two years.[4]

From 1974 to 1994, she was director and presentor for Hallo Ü-Wagen [de] (Hello Radio Van),[1] a travelling talk radio which she ran weekly at different locations, focused on topics suggested by listeners and live interviews with experts and the audience.[1][3] For Hallo Ü-Wagen, Forbes counted her among the 100 most influential women in Germany in 1990.[5]

From 1976, Thomas developed one of the first support groups (Selbsthilfegruppe) in Germany.[6] The WDR began in 1989 a group Forum für Mitmach-Sendungen (forum for participation broadcast), which Thomas directed for almost ten years.[7]

Thomas taught at universities for 13 years, and has coached people in commerce, politics and media from 1980.[7] She became executive director of the 1. ModerationsAkademie für Medien + Wirtschaft Carmen Thomas in Ehreshoven in 2001.[2][3]


  • Antje Kahnt: Düsseldorfs starke Frauen – 30 Portraits Droste, Düsseldorf 2016, ISBN 978-3-7700-1577-1, pp. 175–180.
  • Stefan Willeke: Null fünf – Das Carmen-Thomas-Jahr hat begonnen. In: Die Zeit, No. 2/2005.
  • WDR Geschichte(n) – Eine Zeitreise in 14 Interviews: Carmen Thomas, a film by Klaus Michael Heinz [de], WDR, 6 October 2018, 60 min.


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