Gerd Ruge

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Gerd Ruge (born August 9, 1928 in Hamburg ) is a German journalist .

life and work

In 1949 he began his journalistic career at the NWDR , where radio reports from abroad became the focus of his work. Among other things, from 1950 he was the first West German journalist to report from Yugoslavia after the Second World War .

Ruge was from 1956 to 1959, the first correspondent of ARD in Moscow and 1964-1969 correspondent in the United States . In 1970 he took over the management of the WDR capital studio in Bonn, and from 1973 to 1976 he reported for the daily newspaper Die Welt from Beijing . After various other positions at WDR and ARD, including from 1987 to 1993 as head of the ARD studio in Moscow, Ruge retired on September 1, 1993.

In 1961 he founded the German section of Amnesty International in Cologne with Felix Rexhausen and Carola Stern . He is a member of the PEN Center Germany .

Together with Klaus Bölling , he initiated the ARD program Weltspiegel in 1963 . From 1981 to 1983 he was the presenter of the ARD magazine Monitor . 1984/1985 Ruge was WDR TV editor. Together with Helmut Markwort , he led the 3sat- Talkrunde Nineteen Ten . His TV colleague Nina Ruge also moderated this program under Ruge Nineteen Ten ; however, both are not related to each other.

From 1997 to 2001 Ruge taught as a professor for television journalism at the University of Television and Film Munich .

Together with the Filmstiftung NRW , he has been awarding the Gerd Ruge grant, endowed with 100,000 euros, annually since 2002.

In his retirement, Ruge works as a freelance journalist and stands out particularly through his travel reports.


Ruge's first wife was Fredeke Countess von der Schulenburg (1934–2010), the eldest daughter from the marriage of Nazi resistance fighter Fritz-Dietlof von der Schulenburg (1902–1944) and his wife Charlotte Kotelmann (1909–1991). With her he has the children Elisabeth and Boris. Ruge was later married to the author Lois Fisher . Both marriages ended in divorce.

Important reports

  • 1968: After the assassination of Martin Luther King
  • 1968: America on June 6th (after the assassination attempt on Robert F. Kennedy )
  • 1991: Four days in August and during the coup in Moscow
  • 1997: Gerd Ruge on the road in Siberia
  • 1998: Gerd Ruge on the road in China
  • 2000: Gerd Ruge on the move in the Balkans
  • 2003: Gerd Ruge on the road in Afghanistan



Web links

Commons : Gerd Ruge  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Jens Mühling , Esther Kogelboom: 50 years of Amnesty international: “The Amnesty concept was very convincing” ; Interview from Der Tagesspiegel on Zeit-Online on May 27, 2011
  2. HFF TV journalism division: Former professors
  3. Honorary Award. In: Retrieved October 3, 2014 .
  4. , Andruck - Das Magazin für Politische Literatur , July 29, 2013, Otto Langels: With a full beard and characteristic mumbling (January 9, 2016)