Thomas in Hallo Ü-Wagen on 29 July 1982
|Education||University of Cologne|
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.
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, from 1968 as a presenter, then as a freelance contributing editor, later in the staff and as director for a group of programs (Programmgruppenleiterin).
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. 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. She was the first female sports presenter when she began presenting das aktuelle Sportstudio of the ZDF in 1973. After the Sportstudio, from 1975, she presented the 3 nach 9 talk show of Radio Bremen for two years.
From 1974 to 1994, she was director and presentor for Hallo Ü-Wagen (Hello Radio Van), 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. For Hallo Ü-Wagen, Forbes counted her among the 100 most influential women in Germany in 1990.
From 1976, Thomas developed one of the first support groups (Selbsthilfegruppe) in Germany. The WDR began in 1989 a group Forum für Mitmach-Sendungen (forum for participation broadcast), which Thomas directed for almost ten years.
Thomas taught at universities for 13 years, and has coached people in commerce, politics and media from 1980. She became executive director of the 1. ModerationsAkademie für Medien + Wirtschaft Carmen Thomas in Ehreshoven in 2001.
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- 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, WDR, 6 October 2018, 60 min.
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- Carmen Thomas (In German) Who's Who?
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- "Kurz korrigiert (64)". BILDblog (in German). 26 February 2006. Retrieved 27 November 2008.
- 1. ModerationsAkademie für Medien + Wirtschaft
- Carmen Thomas bei 3nach9, März 1975 (video, in German) 1. ModerationsAkademie für Medien + Wirtschaft