Wibke Bruhns

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Wibke Bruhns
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Wibke Bruhns in 2012
Wibke Gertrud Klamroth

(1938-09-08)8 September 1938
Died20 June 2019(2019-06-20) (aged 80)
  • Journalist
  • Television presenter
  • Author
Parent(s)Hans Georg Klamroth

Wibke Gertrud Bruhns (born Klamroth; 8 September 1938 – 20 June 2019) was a German journalist and author. In 1971, she was the first woman to present the news on German public television in 1971. She was a journalist for several television stations, and for the Stern magazine in Jerusalem and Washington, D.C.. She was also a speaker of the Expo 2000.

She wrote about her memories in three book: about her time as a correspondent in Israel, the biography of her father, Hans Georg Klamroth who was executed by the Nazis, and her autobiography, covering political events of decades.



Wibke Gertrud Klamroth was born in Halberstadt, one of five children of the merchant Hans Georg Klamroth and his wife Else, née Podeus. Her father knew of the 20 July plot and was executed on 26 August 1944.[1] Her mother had to raise the children alone.[2]

Bruhns attended several boarding schools, including the Bugenhagen-Internat in Timmendorfer Strand, and a boarding school in Plön. She achieved her Abitur in Berlin. He then lived for half a year in London, where her mother worked in the German Ambessy. She then attended a Handelsschule for one year.[3] She started to study history and politology in Hamburg but did not complete it.[4]


Bruhns began work in the media at age 22, for different television stations, newspapers and magazins. She became known as the first female news presenter in West German television. She was moderator of the ZDF news program heute on 12 May 1971.[1][5] She was a journalist for the Stern magazine in Jerusalem and Washington, D.C.[5]

Bruhns lived as a freelance journalist in Berlin.[1] She died on 20 Juhn 2019.[5]



  • Trendwende im Nahost in: Stern, 12 February 1981, No. 8, p. 238.
  • Die letzten Tage von Beirut in: Stern, 5 August 1982, No. 36, p. 106.
  • Exodus in eine fremde Heimat. Rußland-Emigranten in Israel (with photos by Thomas Hegenbart) in: GEO, Hamburg, April 1992, pp. 88–104.
  • Als sich das ZDF etwas traute in: Die Zeit, 28 May 2009[6]


In her first book, Mein Jerusalem, published in 1982, Bruhns focused on her experiences as a correspondent for Stern in Israel. Her second book, Meines Vaters Land (My Father's Country), is her father's biography, based on letters between him and his father as well as family pictures to illustrate. Published in 2004, the book spawned much discussion. It was translated to English in 2007 and published in 2008.[7] Her third book, Nachrichtenzeit (News time) is an autobiography, covering both private and professional life, touching political developments of decades.

  • Mein Jerusalem. Bilder von Amos Schliack, Gruner und Jahr, Hamburg 1982, ISBN 3-570-04952-3.
  • Meines Vaters Land. Geschichte einer deutschen Familie. Econ Verlag, Berlin 2004, ISBN 3-430225-71-X.
  • Nachrichtenzeit. Meine unfertigen Erinnerungen. Droemer Verlag, München 2012, ISBN 3-426-27562-7.


  • Ich bekomme ein Kind (with Ursula Klamroth), Falken-Verlag Erich Sicker, Wiesbaden 1969.
  • In aller Munde: Fremdwörter. 1000 Begriffe, die uns täglich begegnen Schwann, Düsseldorf 1972.
  • Der Mann im Gegenlicht, in: Roger Anderson, Wibke Bruhns, Emanuel Eckardt et al.: Medienmacher. Journalisten beschreiben die Herrscher der Vierten Gewalt. Rasch und Röhring, Hamburg 1996, ISBN 3-89136-568-3.


  • Meines Vaters Land – Eine deutsche Familiengeschichte, documentary, 45 minutes, book and direction: Gabriele Conradt and Gabriele Dennecke, production: RBB, first airing: 3 January 2007



  1. ^ a b c "Wibke Bruhns". Who’s who (in German). Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  2. ^ Wibke Bruhns: Meines Vaters Land; p. 158, Econ Verlag, 2004, ISBN 3-430-11571-X
  3. ^ Wibke Bruhns: Nachrichtenzeit, pp. 30, 44, 51, 62.
  4. ^ Wibke Bruhns: Nachrichtenzeit, p. 65.
  5. ^ a b c "Trauer beim ZDF: "heute"-Sprecherin Wibke Bruhns ist tot" (in German). Der Westen. 21 June 2019. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  6. ^ Bruhns, Wibke (8 September 2009). "Als sich das ZDF etwas traute". Die Zeit (in German). Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  7. ^ Bruhns, Wibke (2009). My Father's Country. Arrow Books. ISBN 978-0-09-947877-5.

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