Claus Richter (journalist)

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Claus Richter

Claus Richter (born November 4, 1948 in Straubing ) is a German journalist. From 2001 to 2014 he was the editor-in-chief of the ZDF political magazine Frontal21 .


After graduating from high school in Düren and doing military service, Richter studied politics, economics and German at the universities of Bonn , Heidelberg and Mannheim . From 1973 Richter worked as a freelancer for WDR radio and television, in particular for the editorial team of the ARD political magazine Monitor . In 1974 Richter passed his state examination in Bonn. 1976 followed a doctorate to Dr. phil. with a work on the revolution of 1848 and German liberalism , also in Bonn. From 1976 to 1981 Richter worked as a permanent editor for Monitor . From 1981 to 1984 he was ARD correspondent and studio manager in Warsaw , 1984 to 1987 ARD correspondent and studio manager in New York and 1987 to 1991 ARD correspondent and studio manager in East Berlin . From 1991 to 1997 Richter was ZDF correspondent and studio manager for Southeast Asia in Singapore and from 1997/1998 ZDF correspondent and studio manager in Moscow .

From May 1, 1998 to December 31, 2000, Richter was ZDF's chief reporter and, in addition to current reports, also shot documentaries such as Amazon Adventure , The New Silk Road and The Battle for Caspian Oil .

From January 1, 2001 to January 31, 2014 he was editor-in-chief of the ZDF political magazine Frontal21 . Since 2002 he has been a freelance lecturer at the ems Electronic Media School in Babelsberg and since March 2014 professor of television journalism at the University of Television and Film Munich .


  • 1993: Gods, gurus and crooks - from the gold city of Bombay
  • 1994: We have to forget about the war
  • 1994: War in Paradise
  • 1995: Under the sign of the skull - pirates in the Far East
  • 1995: Alluring South Seas - Under the spell of the great fire / Of gods and idols in Polynesia
  • 1997: Hong Kong crime scene - smuggling boom before the change of power
  • 1998: Men Who Went Out in the Cold
  • 1998: In the intoxication of black gold
  • 1999: The new Silk Road
  • 1999: To die in Kosovo
  • 2000: Amazon Adventure
  • 2005: with Stefan Aust : 3-part documentary case Germany
  • 2006/2007: with Stefan Aust: 3-part documentation Globalization - Race around the world
  • 2009: with Stefan Aust: Documentation Race around the world - departure from the crisis
  • 2009: with Ulf-Jensen Röller : Documentation candidate Steinmeier
  • 2009: with Stefan Aust : Documentation Resurrected from Ruins - From the SED to the Left Party
  • 2010: with Ulf-Jensen Röller: Documentation double portrait Wulff-Gauck

Prizes and awards


  • (Ed.): Suffering from society. Koenigstein / Ts. 1976.
  • (Ed.): The superfluous generation. Youth between apathy and aggression. Koenigstein / Ts. 1979.
  • The silk road. Hamburg 1999.
  • Case of Germany. Hamburg 2005.
  • Race around the world. Hamburg 2007.


Richter is the chairman of the association for the presentation of the Hanns-Joachim-Friedrichs-Preis eV

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