Sandra Maischberger

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Sandra Maischberger
2015-06-13 Ich stelle mich Gysi Sandra Maischberger.jpg
Sandra Maischberger, 2015
Birth name Sandra Maischberger
Born (1966-08-25) 25 August 1966 (age 50)
Munich, Germany
Show Maischberger's Guests 2003-present)[1]
Network ARD
Show Maischberger (2000-2006) [1]
Network n-tv
Spouse(s) Jan Kerhart
Children Samuel (born 24 February 2007)[2]

Sandra Maischberger (born 25 August 1966) is a German journalist, talk show host, and author.[3] She is the sister of German archeologist Martin Maischberger.[4][5]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Munich, Maischberger spent five years of her childhood in Frascati, near Rome, Italy and also grew up in Garching, near Munich. Her father was a physicist for the Max Planck Society and her mother was a tour guide.[4] Her initial career choices while growing up were to become a veterinarian or a detective.[6] From 1987 to 1989 she trained at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich School of Journalism.[1][6]


During her time at university, Maischberger started her career at the Bayerischer Rundfunk and has since been working for various television stations including Premiere, RTL, VOX,[1] n-tv,[1] and ARD.[1]

Maischberger has written several books including Hand aufs Herz (an interview with Helmut Schmidt)[7] and Die musst Du kennen — Menschen machen Geschichte, an encyclopaedia of the most prominent scientists, artists and politicians from classical times to the present.[8]

Other activities[edit]

In addition to her work as a journalist, Maischberger holds a variety of honorary positions, including the following:

  • Helmut Schmidt Foundation, Member of the Board of Trustees (since 2017)
  • Freya von Moltke Foundation for the New Kreisau, Member of the Advisory Board[9]

In 2001, Maischberger and many other famous Berliners took part in the street art activity Buddy Bear Berlin Show. The proceeds raised from auctioning many bears were given to several children’s and youth projects in Berlin. The bear designed by Maischberger in homage to the sculptures of Niki de Saint Phalle was auctioned in 2003 at Mercedes World at the Salzufer in Berlin. The total proceeds came to over € 171,000.[10] Today, the bear can be found at the museum in Bad Pyrmont.

In 2008, Maischberger founded an organization called Vincentino, which helps expose underprivileged children to the arts through sponsoring cultural projects in schools.[11][12] Moreover, she supports the work done by the Freya von Moltke Foundation and the Kreisau Initiative in the running of the New Kreisau in regards to the opportunities that are given to the younger population throughout Europe.[13]


Maischberger has been awarded numerous prizes, including the Golden Camera from the German magazine Hörzu for her Helmut Schmidt interview.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Maischberger is married to cameraman Jan Kerhart.[4][14] After 12 years of marriage, their first child, son Samuel, was born on February 24, 2007.[2][15] The family has homes in Hamburg and in Berlin.[4] Maischberger likes to travel and also enjoys mountain climbing and diving.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Sandra Maischberger". Vincent TV. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Sandra Maischberger hat einen Jungen bekommen". Associated Press. 28 February 2007. Retrieved 14 December 2010.  (In German)
  3. ^ Matthias Kalle (8 December 2010). "Spätschoppen bei Maischberger". Tagesspiel (in German). Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Sandra Maischberger Interview". GQ (Germany). Retrieved 14 December 2010.  (in German)
  5. ^ "Archeology and the Cities of Asia Minor in Late Antiquity". University of Michigan. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Parmeggani, Aldo (22 September 2006). "Im Gespräch mit... Sandra Maischberger". Vatican Radio. Retrieved 14 December 2010.  (in German)
  7. ^ Gohler, Bernhard, ed. (2002). Hand Aufs Herz: Helmut Schmidt Im Gesprach Mit Sandra Maischberger. Econ. p. 266. ISBN 3-430-17964-5. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  8. ^ Maischberger, Sandra, ed. (2004). Die musst du kennen. CBJ. p. 352. ISBN 3-570-12871-7. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  9. ^ Advisory Board Freya von Moltke Foundation for the New Kreisau.
  10. ^ Auction in Mercedes Welt, Berlin 2003
  11. ^ "Vincentino". Vincent TV. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  12. ^ "Vincentino web site". Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
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  14. ^ "Vincent Film GmbH". Vincent TV. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  15. ^ von Mutius, Franziska (5 June 2008). "Sandra Maischberger über ihren Sohn: "Er heißt Samuel und ist richtig niedlich"". Morgenpost. Retrieved 14 December 2010.  (in German)