Sandra Maischberger, 2015
|Birth name||Sandra Maischberger|
25 August 1966 |
|Show||Maischberger's Guests 2003-present)|
|Show||Maischberger (2000-2006) |
|Children||Samuel (born 24 February 2007)|
Early life and education
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. Her initial career choices while growing up were to become a veterinarian or a detective. From 1987 to 1989 she trained at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich School of Journalism.
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, n-tv, and ARD. 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) and Die musst Du kennen — Menschen machen Geschichte, an encyclopaedia of the most prominent scientists, artists and politicians from classical times to the present.
Since 2003, Maischberger has been moderating a talk show on Das Erste. In 2009, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Federal Republic of Germany, she interviewed Chancellor Angela Merkel. Alongside Maybrit Illner, Peter Kloeppel and Claus Strunz, Maischberger also 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. In her talk show, she has also interviewed international guests, including Minister of Finance Yanis Varoufakis of Greece (2016) and the Chancellor Sebastian Kurz of Austria (2018).
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
- Jugend debattiert, Member of the Board of Trustees
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. 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. 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.
- 2000: Hanns-Joachim-Friedrichs-Award
- 2001: Bavarian TV Award
- 2002: Ernst Schneider Prize
- 2002: Goldene Kamera
- 2004: Medienpreis für Sprachkultur, Association for the German Language (GfdS)
- 2008: Goldene Kamera
- 2013: Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
- 2016: Romy
Maischberger is married to cameraman Jan Kerhart. After 12 years of marriage, their first child, son Samuel, was born on February 24, 2007. The family has homes in Hamburg and in Berlin. Maischberger likes to travel and also enjoys mountain climbing and diving.
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- "Archeology and the Cities of Asia Minor in Late Antiquity". University of Michigan. Retrieved 14 December 2010.
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- 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.
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- Board of Trustees Helmut Schmidt Foundation.
- Advisory Board Freya von Moltke Foundation for the New Kreisau.
- Board of Trustees Jugend debattiert.
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