Steffen Seibert

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Steffen Seibert
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Speaker of Government
Assumed office
11. August 2010
Chancellor Angela Merkel
Preceded by Ulrich Wilhelm
Personal details
Born (1960-06-07) 7 June 1960 (age 56)
Munich,  West Germany
Political party non-affiliated
Alma mater University of Hamburg , London School of Economics
Profession Historian
Religion Roman Catholicism

Steffen Seibert is a German former journalist and television anchor, and the current head of the German governmental press- and information-agency, which resembles the British Central Office of Information, making him the de facto press secretary of the Chancellor's office.[1] He is officially ranked as an undersecretary of state.

Since late 2016, Seibert has been 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.[2][3]

Previously he worked for the German television station ZDF as a journalist and presenter of the popular Heute Journal (until 2010).


Steffen Seibert was born in Munich in 1960, and went to school at the Tellkampfschule in Hannover. 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.

Television journalist at ZDF[edit]

Steffen Seibert worked for ZDF from 1989 to 2010.

Years function
1989–1992 Journalist
1992–1995 Correspondent of ZDF News (ZDF heute) in Washington
1995–1996 Moderator of the Morning-Magazin (ZDF Morgenmagazin)
1996–1997 Moderator of ZDF Abendmagazin
1997–2000 Moderator of hallo deutschland (translated: hello Germany)
2000–2003 Moderator of ZDF.reporter
2003–2010 News presenter (ZDF heute)
2007–2010 Moderator of heute-journal
2009–2010 Moderator of Sternstunden der Deutschen (translated: Magic Moments in German History)


Steffen Seibert is bearer of "Golden Camera" (for Special Show 9/11) and the "Bambi" (for a Show for the disaster victims of the tsunami in the Indian Ocean 2004).

Other activities[edit]

  • UNICEF National Committee of Germany, Member[4]
  • "Club for early born babies" (Bundesverband "Das frühgeborene Kind"), Chairman (until 2008)
  • International Journalists’ Programmes, Arthur F. Burns Fellowship Program, Member of the Board of Trustees
  • "Kinderhospiz Bethel", Official Partner

In addition, Seibert is an ambassador of UNICEF in Germany.