Torsten Stiig Jansen

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Torsten Stiig Jansen
Born (1963-07-24) 24 July 1963 (age 55)
Other namesTorsten Jansen
EducationDanish School of Journalism
OccupationJournalist, Diplomat, Lobbyist
Notable credit(s)
TV Avisen Magasinet Søndag DR (broadcaster)
Spouse(s)Cathrine Gyldensted

Torsten Stiig Jansen (born July 24, 1963) is a Danish journalist. He has worked for Ekstra Bladet and DR (broadcaster) as a foreign news reporter, US Correspondent, Head of Foreign News and News presenter at TV Avisen. [1] In 2007 he left DR (broadcaster) after being appointed Minister-Counsellor, Cultural attaché at the Embassy of Denmark in Washington, D.C. [2] He is currently associate partner at the public affairs bureau, LEAD Agency in Copenhagen. [3]

While a young reporter for Ekstra Bladet in 1990–1993, Jansen covered the Revolutions of 1989, the Dissolution of the Soviet Union, [4] the Bosnian Wars and the Siege of Sarajevo. Based in Moscow for Ekstra Bladet, Jansen travelled extensively in Eastern Europe reporting on the 1991 Soviet coup d'état attempt against the last leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev. [5] He also covered the Rwandan genocide and the release of Nelson Mandela. [6]

Jansen has co-written several books on American politics, and is currently writing a book for publishing house Gyldendal on Danish-US relations.

Early life and career[edit]

Jansen was born in Virum, Denmark, the son of associate professor Jytte (née Qvist) and manufacturer Lars Stiig Jansen. He was a resident of Søllerød, Denmark. He enrolled at Virum Gymnasium in 1980–1983. He launched a short lived art gallery project in 1985 called "En Jansen og Nørgaard Udstilling" with his high school friend, fashion designer, Mads Nørgaard. He studied journalism at the Danish School of Journalism from 1986 to 1990.


Torsten Jansen began his career as a foreign news journalist at the Danish tabloid 'Ekstra Bladet', travelling extensively in Eastern Europe covering the historical political changes beginning with the Revolutions of 1989 and the breakdown of the Berlin Wall.

Together with Jan Grarup, war photographer Jansen reported on the Balkan Wars from Croatia, Serbia and Kosovo. [7]

In 1992 Nelson Mandela was touring the Scandinavian countries thanking them for their support during his 27 years imprisonment at Robben Island, South Africa. Jansen interviewed Nelson Mandela as the only Scandinavian journalist, during Mandela's visit to Copenhagen, February, 1992. [8]

Torsten Jansen was appointed US Correspondent in 1996–2001 for DR (broadcaster). There, he covered the 1996 United States presidential election, the Clinton–Lewinsky scandal and the 2000 United States presidential election in Florida, the subsequent 2000 United States presidential election recount in Florida where the democratic presidential nominee Al Gore conceded to the republican presidential nominee George W. Bush. [9]

Jansen later served as Head of Foreign News at DR (broadcaster) from 2001 to 2004. In 2004–2007 he was a News presenter at TV Avisen. [10] In 2007–2011 he served as Minister-Counsellor, Cultural attaché at the Embassy of Denmark in Washington, D.C. with attention on US–Danish climate relations leading up to the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. While at the Danish Embassy in Washington, D.C., Jansen's office oversaw several royal visits by Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark and one official US visit in 2011 by Margrethe II of Denmark and Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark.

In 2013 Torsten Jansen joined the PR and Public Affairs Agency, LEAD Agency in Copenhagen, Denmark. [11] He is serving on the board of Danish Shareholders/Dansk Aktionærforening since 2017. [12]


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  5. ^ "Fax fra Sarajevo – En fortælling om overlevelse". Cobolt Publishing. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  6. ^ "Heldige Jansen: Manden, der mødte Mandela i København". B.T.. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  7. ^ [ //"Hvor jernkorsene gror. En krigsfotografs erindringer"]. Gyldendal. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  8. ^ "DR2 Morgen – Torsten Jansen om sin gåtur med Mandela". Youtube. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  9. ^ "Den amerikanske forbindelse". Aarhus Stiftstidende. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  10. ^ "Ny chef DR Udland". Børsen. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  11. ^ "Lead Agency ud af 2017 med vækst og overskud". Altinget. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  12. ^ "Dansk Aktionærforening slipper forandringen løs". Retrieved February 10, 2019.