Ellen Ehni

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Ellen Ehni as moderator of the WDR election arena, 2017

Ellen Ehni [ eː'niː ] (born August 1, 1973 in Heidelberg ) is a German journalist , lawyer and television presenter . At Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) she is television editor-in-chief and heads the politics and current affairs program area.


Ehni studied German and French law at the Universities of Cologne , Paris and at the Humboldt University in Berlin , where she passed the state examination in law. After a traineeship at Norddeutscher Rundfunk , she worked there as a journalist. She was an editor at NDR aktuell and a reporter for the news programs Tagesschau and Tagesthemen .

Ehni joined WDR in 2004 as an editor of the business and law program group and worked for the programs Markt , Plusminus and ARD Ratgeber Recht . She also moderated the latter, as well as, as a representative, the ARD morning magazine . In 2007 she moved to Studio Paris as an ARD correspondent for five years. She has headed the Economics and Law program group since 2012. She continues to work as a moderator. a. in the DeutschlandTrend in the topics of the day and in issues of ARD-Brennpunkts and ARD Extras as well as the program Plusminus.


Ehni is committed to ensuring that executives at WDR can combine their job with family life . In addition, it is important to her to tackle the “unhealthy polarization ” in society. “Ehni describes in eight points what responsible journalism must achieve. She says: we have to listen. We have to make the quiet ones visible. And we have to become more diverse. "

Individual evidence

  1. ARD Germany trend : The majority sees von der Leyen critically. In: Facebook. Tagesschau, July 4, 2019, accessed on July 4, 2019 .
  2. Successor to Sonia Mikich: Ellen Ehni becomes the new WDR editor-in-chief for television. Meedia , July 9, 2018, accessed October 5, 2018 .
  3. a b WDR: Ellen Ehni - Head of the Economics and Law program group . July 11, 2016 ( wdr.de [accessed May 7, 2017]).
  4. journalist - the media magazine: My view of journalism: "Listen to the quiet ones!" Retrieved June 12, 2019 .

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