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Ellen Ehni (WDR Chefredakteurin)

Professional career after the DFM

After the four years at DFM, I continued my studies at Humboldt University in Berlin and passed my first state examination. I then completed a traineeship at Norddeutscher Rundfunk and got my first job in Hamburg. After moving to WDR, I worked there for "ARD Ratgeber Recht," among other things, before going to Paris as an ARD correspondent in 2007. From there, I reported for ARD for five years until 2012 - back in Cologne - when I became head of WDR's business editorial department. From 2017, I was head of the foreign daily news editorial department, and since September 2018, I am now editor-in-chief of the Politics and Current Affairs program area.

Connection to the DFM study program

The contacts from my studies have survived the years, and the network is very valuable to me. I am still in loose contact with some of my fellow students. Even at events with a German-French background, there is always a "déjà vu" experience - I meet alumni or at least people who know alumni. There are quite a few of us now.

Influence of the DFM on career development

For me, the DFM program was an integral step in reaching my current position as Editor-in-Chief of the Politics and Current Affairs program area at WDR: During my law studies, I learned to abstract and to subsume complex issues under rules. That's a quality that helps me a lot when it comes to journalistic classification. My expertise in France also helped me land my dream job later on: ARD foreign correspondent in Paris!