Steffen Seibert

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Steffen Seibert
Seibert in 2012
German Ambassador to Israel
Assumed office
PresidentFrank-Walter Steinmeier
Preceded bySusanne Wasum-Rainer
Spokesperson of the Federal Government
In office
11 August 2010 – 8 December 2021
ChancellorAngela Merkel
DeputyUlrike Demmer
Martina Fietz
Preceded byUlrich Wilhelm
Succeeded bySteffen Hebestreit
Chief of the Federal Press Office
In office
11 August 2010 – 8 December 2021
ChancellorAngela Merkel
DeputyUlrike Demmer
Preceded byUlrich Wilhelm
Succeeded bySteffen Hebestreit
Personal details
Born (1960-06-07) 7 June 1960 (age 63)
Munich, West Germany
(now Germany)
Political partynon-affiliated
Alma mater

Steffen Rüdiger Seibert (born 7 June 1960 in Munich) is a German journalist and former television host who serves as German Ambassador to Israel. He previously served as head of the German Federal Government's Press and Information Office and as the German government's spokesperson from 2010 to 2021.[2][3] During his tenure, Seibert was officially ranked as a Secretary of State.

From late 2016 Seibert was a member of the German government's cabinet committee on Brexit at which ministers discuss organizational and structural issues related to the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union.[4][5]

Previously Seibert worked for the German television station ZDF as a journalist and presenter of the popular heute-journal (until 2010).


Seibert was born in Munich in 1960, and went to school at the Tellkampfschule in Hanover. He then studied history in Hamburg and at the London School of Economics.

Seibert is married (his wife is an artist), and has a daughter and two sons. They lived in Wiesbaden before moving to Berlin's Dahlem district in 2011.[6]

Television journalist at ZDF[edit]

Seibert worked for ZDF from 1989 to 2010. In addition to his roles at ZDF, he co-hosted the Bavarian TV Awards in 2005 (alongside Nina Ruge) and in 2009 (alongside Markus Kavka). He also moderated the event series Nobelpreisträger in Mönchengladbach with guests F. W. de Klerk (2004), Mikhail Gorbachev (2007) and the 14th Dalai Lama (2008).[7]

Years function
1989–1992 Journalist
1992–1995 Correspondent for ZDF News (ZDF heute) in Washington, D.C.
1995–1996 Presenter of (ZDF Morgenmagazin) in Berlin
1996–1997 Presenter of ZDF Abendmagazin
1997–2000 Presenter of hallo deutschland (translated: hello Germany)
2000–2003 Presenter of ZDF.reporter
2003–2010 News presenter (heute) in Mainz
2007–2010 Presenter of heute-journal alongside co-anchor Dunja Hayali in Mainz
2009–2010 Presenter of Sternstunden der Deutschen ('Magic Moments in German History')


Other activities[edit]

Before taking on his current position, Seibert was an ambassador of UNICEF in Germany. In this capacity, he visited some of the organization's projects in Angola in 2003.


  1. ^ Paul-Anton Krüger (30 March 2022), Ex-Regierungssprecher Steffen Seibert wird Botschafter in Israel Süddeutsche Zeitung.
  2. ^ "ZDF-Moderator Steffen Seibert wird neuer Regierungssprecher". Focus. 10 July 2010. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Nachfolger von Seibert: Hebestreit wird neuer Regierungssprecher". Tagesschau. 8 December 2021. Retrieved 19 December 2021.
  4. ^ Joseph Nasr (13 January 2017), Merkel to chair first Brexit committee meeting next week Reuters.
  5. ^ Readout of the government's press conference on 13 January 2017 Federal Press Office.
  6. ^ Hugo Müller-Vogg (28 April 2011), Seiberts ziehen nach Berlin BILD.
  7. ^ "Mönchengladbach: Die Riege der Nobelpreisträger". RP ONLINE (in German). 7 March 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2023.
  8. ^ Weil erhält Orden "Stern von Italien" Die Welt, 12 January 2015.
  9. ^ Ministerpräsident Weil erhält hohen Orden der Italienischen Republik State Chancellery of Lower Saxony, press release of 12 January 2015.
  10. ^ General Assembly of Members UNICEF Deutschland.
  11. ^ Board of Trustees Städel Museum.

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