Katja Wildermuth

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Katja Elisabeth Wildermuth (* 1965 ) is a German historian and television journalist and has been the program director of Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR) since April 1, 2019 .


After graduating from high school, Wildermuth studied German, history and social studies at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich (LMU) for teaching at grammar school. She completed her university studies with the state examination. She then worked as a lecturer at the Institute for Ancient History at LMU, where she also received her doctorate.

Professional activities

After completing her doctorate, Wildermuth switched to Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR) in Dresden in 1994 , where she worked as an author for political magazines. As a result, she became an author and editor for magazine programs in the ARD joint program and later an editor for current affairs and, from 2001, an editor for reports.

In 2004 Wildermuth became head of the MDR History and Society editorial team and deputy head of the Culture and Science program area . As editor she was u. a. responsible for large-scale cross-media and editorial projects such as “History of Central Germany”, the multimedia app MDR Zeitreise or the history format “Breaking News Völkerschlacht”.

In her editorial responsibility, internationally acclaimed and in some cases award-winning documentaries such as Neo Rauch - Companions and Companions , Wall Bunny , Hitler's Children , Night Will Fall and “Putin's Games” were made.

In 2016 Katja Wildermuth became head of culture at Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) . She succeeded Patricia Schlesinger , who had been elected director of the RBB . In her role as head of the culture and documentation program at NDR, Wildermuth was responsible for formats for NDR, Das Erste and ARTE .

On December 3, 2018, the Broadcasting Council of Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk approved the proposal by Artistic Director Karola Wille to appoint Wildermuth as program director of the MDR in Halle on April 1, 2019 .

Katja Wildermuth is a board member of the Academy for Journalism Hamburg .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b c Dr. Katja Wildermuth - Program Director. In: MDR. July 22, 2019, accessed September 12, 2019 .
  2. ^ "Emmy" for MDR co-production "Night Will Fall". In: Presseportal.de. September 22, 2016, accessed September 12, 2019 .
  3. 2014 Best Documentation: Putin's Games. In: German Television Award. 2014, accessed September 12, 2019 .
  4. ^ NDR: Katja Wildermuth from December new head of the NDR program area culture and documentation. Retrieved September 12, 2019 .
  5. Katja Wildermuth becomes the new program director at the MDR location in Halle. In: MDR Broadcasting Council. December 3, 2019, accessed September 12, 2019 .
  6. Our association. In: Academy for Journalism. Retrieved September 12, 2019 .