Richard Gutjahr

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Richard Gutjahr (born 1973 in Bonn) is a German TV presenter and blogger. He is known for covering the terror attacks in Nice and Munich in mid-2016 with a mobile phone, and he "explained how basic mobile technology allowed him to cover the two attacks".[1]

Training and affiliations[edit]

Richard Gutjahr, 2015
Richard Gutjahr, 2015

Gutjahr is an alumnus of the German School of Journalism (Deutsche Journalistenschule) in Munich where he studied from 1993-1998. During this time he also studied political science and communications studies at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.[2] He completed his studies with a degree in journalism. He took part in an exchange of the Centre de formation des journalistes of Paris and between 1998 and 1999 in a semester program of the American University in Washington, D.C.[3]

From 1992 to 1996, he worked as a news editor, live reporter and presenter for Radio Gong, followed by a stint at Bayern 3 from 1996 to 1999.[4] For the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Gutjahr worked as a freelancer and cartoonist. From January 1999, he spent five months as an intern for the CNN office in Washington. He subsequently worked for the national German public television channel Das Erste and its regional outlet for Bavaria, Bayerischer Rundfunk, where, among other things he hosted a program called "Live aus dem Alabama", a live broadcast from a popular concert venue.

Gutjahr currently works for Bayerischer Rundfunk, hosting the late night edition of Rundschau, Rundschau Nacht (Rundschau Night).[5][6] In spring 2012, Gutjahr developed and hosted a social media TV format; called Rundshow, it ran from 14 May to 7 June 2012, with alternating co-hosts, including Daniel Fiene, Sascha Lobo and Sandra Riess.[5][6] He also writes a weekly column since mid-2010 in the Abendzeitung.[7] He also writes for other newspapers, including the Berliner Tagesspiegel[8] and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.[9]

Coverage of the Egyptian Revolution[edit]

Gutjahr traveled to Cairo during the Egyptian revolution of 2011 and used social media for reporting, when all he could use was his smartphone, because the internet had been blocked by the Egyptian regime.[10]

Web platform against lobbyists[edit]

Gutjahr was a co-initiator of LobbyPlag, a web platform aimed at publicizing the influence of lobbyists on politicians in connection with the proposed EU Data Protection Regulation.[11] The research results, which may prove among other things that parliamentarians have written off large parts of their bills from lobbies, made international headlines.[12]

In Nice and Munich[edit]

On July 14, 2016, Gutjahr was on vacation in Nice, when the city was struck by a terrorist attack [13][14] He reported on Twitter and in the ARD night magazine (Nachtmagazin) and the Bayerischer Rundfunk. He made available to the WDR German television network a video that apparently shows the beginning of the attack; he explicitly objected to publishing the material on social networks, because he wanted to leave it to professional journalists to decide which images should be shown.[15][16][17][18]

On July 22, 2016 Gutjahr was reporting live for the national news program Tagesschau and other media about the shooting rampage at the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum in Munich.[13] Originally en route to the Bayerischer Rundfunk, he said that he was alerted by his daughter[19] about the incident and arrived as one of the first reporters at the scene.[20]

His coincidental presence at events gave rise to conspiracy theories, alleging his presence at both events could not have been a coincidence. Gutjahr has pressed charges against those who make the allegations[21][22], which he sees mostly motivated by antisemitism against his wife considering the often antisemitic nature of the hostilities[23]. Due to the continued defamation, the German chief editor of the "Bayerischer Rundfunk" Siegmund Gottlieb has since voiced his support for Gutjahr[24].

Personal life[edit]

Gutjahr is married to the former Israeli Knesset member and ex-intelligence officer Einat Wilf since 2007.[25] Gutjahr has a son[26] (b 2010) and a daughter[27] (born 1994).


Jointly with Rundschau editorial director Peter Marten Gutjahr received the Ernst Schneider Award for Business Journalism in 2006.[28] The newspaper Die Zeit named him in early 2012 the Networked Journalist of the Year 2011; Medium Magazin (media magazine) called him the 2011 "Newcomer of the Year".[29] In 2013, the Grimme Institute honored Richard Gutjahr for his personal achievement. It was the first time in the history of the Grimme Online Awards that such a prize was given to an individual. [30]


  • G! book: 50 ausgewählte Blogposts von Gutjahrs Blog, epubli 2012, ISBN 3-8442-1735-5

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Scott, Caroline. "How one reporter covered the attacks in Nice and Munich with a mobile phone". Daily Journalism. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  2. ^ Bayrische Landeszentrale für neue Medien: Kurz-Vita Richard Gutjahr[permanent dead link] (PDF; 33 kB), retrieved, 10 Mayi 2012
  3. ^ Richard Gutjahr: Xing-Profil, retrieved, 10 May 2012
  4. ^ Richard Gutjahr: Radio Archived 2014-05-08 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved, 10 May 2012
  5. ^ a b Richard Gutjahr[permanent dead link], DJV-Fachtagung, retrieved, 10 May 2012
  6. ^ a b Wer präsentiert die Rundschau-Sendungen?
  7. ^ Richard Gutjahr: Von einem, der auszog, das Bloggen zu lernen In: t3n, 21. Februar 2012. Retrieved, 10 May 2012.
  8. ^ Lobbyismus: Mein persönliches Wurst-Erwachen, Tagesspiegel vom 26. Februar 2013, retrieved, 26 July 2013.
  9. ^ Israelische Piratenpartei: Schmuggler von Ideen, FAZ vom 13. September 2012, retrieved, 26 July 2013.
  10. ^ Richard Gutjahr: Unterwegs nach Kairo, 30. January 2011, retrieved, 10 May 2012
  11. ^ Blogpost, retrieved, 26 July 2013.
  12. ^ Blogpost, retrieved, 26 July 2013.
  13. ^ a b Caroline Scott (2016-07-25). "How one reporter covered the attacks in Nice and Munich with a mobile phone" (in German). Mousetrap Media Ltd. Retrieved 2016-07-25.
  14. ^ ""Wir sahen, wie Leute getroffen wurden"" (in German). Hannoversche Allgemeine. 2016-07-15. Retrieved 2016-07-15.
  15. ^ "Richard Guthahr, ARD Reporter, mit einem Augenzeugenbericht" (in German). ARD. 2016-07-15. Archived from the original on 2016-07-14. Retrieved 2016-07-15. Video
  16. ^ "Die Momente der Tragödie" (in German). ARD. 2016-07-15. Retrieved 2016-07-15. Video
  17. ^ "Augenzeuge Gutjahr: "Der Lastwagen passte nicht ins Bild"". Spiegel online (in German). 2016-07-15. Retrieved 2016-07-15.
  18. ^ Kurt Sagatz und Jochim Huber (2016-07-15). "Filmen oder helfen?". (in German). Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  19. ^ WDR Interview [1] Richard Gutjahr 1LIVE Talk | 07.09.2016 | at 19:16 min
  20. ^ "Polizei: Verletzte und möglicherweise Tote bei Schüssen in München". (in German). Retrieved 2016-07-25.
  21. ^ Sueddeutsche Zeitung [2] 6 September 2016 | Streit mit Youtube | Richard Gutjahr kämpft seit dem Münchner Amoklauf gegen Verschwörungstheorien
  22. ^ WDR Interview [3] Richard Gutjahr 1LIVE Talk | 07.09.2016 | at 29:52 min
  23. ^ Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung [4] 17 January 2018 | F.A.Z. Einspruch zum Hören | Wie fühlt es sich an, Zielscheibe einer Troll-Armee zu werden?
  24. ^ Sueddeutsche Zeitung [5] 6 September 2016 | Streit mit Youtube | Brei aus Unterstellungen und Halbwissen
  25. ^ "14 COUPLES SAY "I DO" OR "I DO AGAIN" ATOP EMPIRE STATE BUILDING ON VALENTINE'S DAY". Archived from the original on July 10, 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-10.
  26. ^ "Labor MK Einat Wilf gives birth to baby boy". The Jerusalem Post -
  27. ^ candid communications GmbH (2016-01-28). "So will Gutjahr den Journalismus retten". Candid communications GmbH (in German). Retrieved 2016-04-26.
  28. ^ Ernst-Schneider-Preis: Preisträger Archived 2007-10-11 at the Wayback Machine (PDF; 53 kB), retrieved, 10 May 2012
  29. ^ Franziska Bulban, Alexandra Rojkov, Ulrich Stock, Heinrich Wefing, Falk Lüke, Jutta Schein, Evelyn Finger, Stefan Schmitt, Karsten Polke-Majewski, Khue Pham: Unsere Internet-Top-Ten,, 3. Januar 2012, retrieved, 10 May 2012
  30. ^ "Grimme" Archived 2016-08-21 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved, 26 July 2013.