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 57)
Munich,  West Germany
Political party non-affiliated
Alma mater University of Hamburg , London School of Economics
Profession Historian

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).

Biography[edit]

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. They lived in Wiesbaden before moving to Berlin’s Dahlem district in 2011.[4]

Television journalist at ZDF[edit]

Steffen Seibert worked for ZDF from 1989 to 2010. In his 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).[5]

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')

Recognition[edit]

Other activities[edit]

  • UNICEF National Committee of Germany, Member[8]
  • "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

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ZDF-Moderator Steffen Seibert wird neuer Regierungssprecher". Focus. 10 July 2010. Retrieved September 14, 2016. 
  2. ^ Joseph Nasr (January 13, 2017), Merkel to chair first Brexit committee meeting next week Reuters.
  3. ^ Readout of the government's press conference on 13 January 2017 Federal Press Office.
  4. ^ Hugo Müller-Vogg (April 28, 2011), Seiberts ziehen nach Berlin BILD.
  5. ^ Jan Schnettler (March 7, 2012), Mönchengladbach: Die Riege der Nobelpreisträge Die Welt, January 12, 2015.
  6. ^ Weil erhält Orden "Stern von Italien" Die Welt, January 12, 2015.
  7. ^ Ministerpräsident Weil erhält hohen Orden der Italienischen Republik State Chancellery of Lower Saxony, press release of January 12, 2015.
  8. ^ General Assembly of Members UNICEF Deutschland.