Karl-Heinz Smuda

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Karl-Heinz Smuda

Karl-Heinz Smuda (born January 24, 1961 in Eschweiler ) is a German ghostwriter , editor and publisher.


Smuda began in 1976 as an author and presenter of the WDR / NDR children's radio program Rotlicht and in 1978 as a regional correspondent for the Eurogio Aachen of the Belgian Broadcasting Corporation ( BRF ).

ARD database radio plays: Karl-Heinz Smuda, 1976

This was followed by a stay abroad as editor of the German-speaking department of Vatican Radio in Rome (1980/1982). The first engagement on radio took place as a speaker in the WDR radio play "The Enterprise Plan Game" by Wolfgang Röhrer, directed by Hein Brühl (broadcast: November 16, 1976, WDR 2).

From 1983 to 1987 Smuda learned professional speaking techniques for radio and television with Carl Ludwig Naumann ( RWTH Aachen / Institute for Linguistics ; Leibniz University Hannover ). At the same time alongside the ASTA chairmanship there, Smuda u. a. Social sciences and was a lecturer at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal from 1986 to 1989 . In 1994 Smuda worked in media and acceptance research in the media department of the directorship of Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln ( WDR ), involved, among other things, in the introduction of ARD / ZDF teletext and the acceptance analysis before the first broadcast of the Lindenstrasse (ARD) series on 8. December 1985.

Journalistic activities

After completing his studies, Smuda worked for ZDF / 3sat and Deutschlandfunk from 1987 . In November 1989 he was an accredited DLF travel correspondent in Leipzig for the DLF department "Science and Education" at the GDR Foreign Ministry, travel correspondent for the national radio in Croatia in 1994 as an accredited journalistic companion to Pope John Paul II in Zagreb , travel correspondent for DeutschlandRadios in Skopje / Macedonia during the Kosovo war (1999) and correspondent during the UN mission (2000) in Dili / East Timor and Darwin / Australia . He was a scholarship holder of the Heinz Kühn Foundation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia for his work at Philippine Television in Manila (1991). As an author and reporter for the ARD radio station, he reported on the eruption of the Mount Pinatubo volcano in Manila for current political and environmental reporting. From 1991 to 1994 Smuda worked in the “Religion and Society” editorial team at Deutschlandfunk in Cologne. From 1994 to 1996 his duties fell in the editorial department “Literature and Art” at Deutschlandfunk. There he mainly worked on contemporary history topics, for example the historical conflict over the autonomy of South Tyrol as part of a Europe series from Bolzano. In addition, he worked in discussion programs in the morning live on Deutschlandfunk on topics such as "looted art" or on the IM of the State Security and its coming to terms with the past from Neustrelitz / Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

At DeutschlandRadio Berlin (today: Deutschlandradio Kultur), Smuda worked in 1996/97 as a discussion leader for the political discussion program Wortwechsel and for Deutschlandfunk for Journal am Morning - Forum Kultur (1993–1995). In 1994 he was a permanent editor at WDR in Cologne (Wellenredaktion WDR 2), in 1996 he was a political reporter from the German capital in the Berlin regional studio of Deutschlandradio . 1997 (until 2003) Smuda was appointed correspondent / studio manager of DeutschlandRadio in Brandenburg. His focus was on state, federal and European politics.

Karl-Heinz Smuda was proposed as a candidate in 2003 for the position of program director radio at Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB), but had no prospect of a majority in the radio council. In the same year, he turned down the offer of the former chairman Lothar Bisky , spokesman for the PDS , later Die Linke , and turned full-time to editing and ghostwriting.

In 2005 Smuda became the spokesman for the German NATO contingent in Siauliai (Lithuania), in July and September 2005, to secure the EU's external border. He was responsible for international crisis management after the crash of a Russian military machine on the territory of Lithuania. Meanwhile, Smuda has continued to work as a reporter and author (politics) for DeutschlandRadio in and from Berlin and commentator for the news channel N24 (television). From November 2003 he was temporarily employed with the rank of major (reserve) and press staff officer in the press office of the 4th Air Force Division in Aurich / East Friesland (press and public relations work for the Bundeswehr Air Force ). Smuda has been Lieutenant Colonel of the Reserve / Press Staff Officer dR since February 2015

Smuda was also trained for deployment in crisis regions in June 2005 in Hammelburg, Franconia, and at the command academy of the Bundeswehr in Hamburg. In 2007 he was head of press and public relations in the Air Force Operations Command (NATO Units) in Kalkar / Niederrhein. One of the journalist's tasks was that of editor-in-chief and concept developer of the bilingual daily newspaper Echo of the Bundeswehr, NATO and EU in May 2006 for readers from 16 nations ( ELITE 2006 ) on the Heuberg near Balingen / Baden-Württemberg. In 2008, Smuda temporarily gave up his operational work for the Bundeswehr and NATO. For the project e-NATO-education and training Smuda worked from 2009 to 2014 at the German NATO General Viereck as a personal advisor in Norfolk / Virginia.

Together with Karlheinz Viereck and the Berlin editor Dirk Henze, Smuda first founded Amici Verlag Berlin in 2009, which was renamed Quadrum Publishing House Berlin / Norfolk in May 2010. The US publishing office is in Virginia Beach near Norfolk, the German office in Berlin-Wilmersdorf . The publishing house produces books for companies and organizations with creative people from Germany and the USA (photographers, layouters, designers), but not directly for the book trade.

honors and awards

  • Scholarship from the Heinz Kühn Foundation of the State Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia in 1991 for work as an editor at Philippine TV / children's TV in Manila
  • EU Mission Medal, awarded in 2007 by EU Foreign Affairs Representative Javier Solana
  • Mission medal Federal Ministry of Defense for the work as press spokesman for EUFOR RD CONGO in Kinshasa / Democratic Republic of the Congo

Web links

Commons : Karl-Heinz Smuda  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Post by Sabine Deck Werth: ghostwriter and the market , in: Berliner Zeitung on 15 March 2011
  2. ^ Heinz Kühn Foundation - scholarship holders . In: heinz-kuehn-stiftung.de .
  3. Deutschlandradio - Pictures . In: Deutschlandradio . March 25, 2015.
  4. Lithuania Not Handing Over Crashed Pilot . In: derkeiler.com .
  5. bundeswehr.de , accessed on November 21, 2012
  6. http://www.quadrum-publishing-house.com/