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Sandra Maischberger
Maischberger in 2019
Born (1966-08-25) 25 August 1966 (age 57)
SpouseJan Kerhart
ChildrenSamuel (born 24 February 2007)[2]
ShowMaischberger's Guests 2003–present[1]
ShowMaischberger (2000–2006) [1]

Sandra Maischberger (born 25 August 1966) is a German journalist, talk show host, and author.[3]

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] She is the sister of German archeologist Martin Maischberger.[4][5]

Maischberger's initial career choices while growing up were to become a veterinarian or a detective.[6] She later attended Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich School of Journalism but dropped out after 3 days in order to start her media career directly.[1][6]


Maischberger in 2002

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] From 1992, she moderated 0137, a live-broadcast talk show, in rotation with Roger Willemsen.

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]

Since 2003, Maischberger has been moderating the talk show maischberger. die woche on Das Erste. In 2009, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Federal Republic of Germany, she interviewed Chancellor Angela Merkel.[9] Alongside Maybrit Illner, Peter Kloeppel and Claus Strunz, Maischberger later moderated the only TV election debate between Merkel and her competitor Martin Schulz ahead of the 2017 elections, which was aired live on four of Germany's most-watched television channels during prime-time.[10] In her talk show, she has also interviewed international guests, including Minister of Finance Yanis Varoufakis of Greece (2016),[11] Chancellor Sebastian Kurz of Austria (2018)[12] former President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker (2020)[13] and Bill Gates (2021).[14]

Maischberger co-hosted the annual German Television Award ceremony in 2002, 2010 and 2014. She served on the award's jury in 2001, 2002 and 2006.[15]

Other activities[edit]

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

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.[19] 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.[20][21] 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.[22]


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

Personal life[edit]

Maischberger is married to cameraman Jan Kerhart.[4][23] After 12 years of marriage, their first child, son Samuel, was born on 24 February 2007.[2][24] The family has homes in Hamburg and in Berlin.[4] Maischberger likes to travel and also enjoys mountain climbing and diving.[4] She speaks Italian, Spanish, English and French.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Sandra Maischberger". Vincent TV. Retrieved 14 December 2010.
  2. ^ a b https://www.vol.at/zu-spt-zur-eigenen-party/2492307 (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. ^ Stasi wollte Merkel anwerben Münchner Merkur, 19 May 2009.
  10. ^ Markus Ehrenberg (3 September 2017), So gut waren die Moderatoren Tagesspiegel.
  11. ^ Stefan Kuzmany (11 February 2016), Maischberger-Talk mit Varoufakis: Alles Deppen außer Yanis Spiegel Online.
  12. ^ Frank Lübberding (28 January 2018), Vom Karrieristen zum Politiker Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
  13. ^ Björn-Hendrik Otte (30 January 2020), "Trump wollte ich nicht küssen, er hat mich geküsst" Die Welt.
  14. ^ Arno Frank (18 February 2021), Bill Gates bei »Maischberger«: Mäzen und Marsmensch Spiegel Online.
  15. ^ Sandra Maischberger und Natalia Wörner in Jury berufen, SAT.1 übernimmt Federführung German Television Award, press release of 3 April 2001.
  16. ^ Board of Trustees Federal Chancellor Helmut Schmidt Foundation.
  17. ^ Advisory Board Freya von Moltke Foundation for the New Kreisau.
  18. ^ Board of Trustees Jugend debattiert.
  19. ^ Buddy Bears – Mercedes World Berlin 2003
  20. ^ "Vincentino". Vincent TV. Retrieved 14 December 2010.
  21. ^ "Vincentino web site". Retrieved 14 December 2010.
  22. ^ Reichert, Dr. Agnieszka von Zanthier, Esther. "Freya :: Schirmherr und Gremien / Kuratorium – Kuratorium". www.fvms.de. Archived from the original on 7 October 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  23. ^ "Vincent Film GmbH". Vincent TV. Retrieved 14 December 2010.
  24. ^ 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)

External links[edit]

Media related to Sandra Maischberger at Wikimedia Commons