Christine Westermann

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Christine Westermann (born 2 December 1948 in Erfurt) is a German television and radio host, journalist and author.

Erfurt Place in Thuringia, Germany

Erfurt is the capital and largest city in the state of Thuringia, central Germany.

Germany Federal parliamentary republic in central-western Europe

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Journalist person who collects, writes and distributes news and other information

A journalist is a person who collects, writes, or distributes news or other current information to the public. A journalist's work is called journalism. A journalist can work with general issues or specialize in certain issues. However, most journalists tend to specialize, and by cooperating with other journalists, produce journals that span many topics. For example, a sports journalist covers news within the world of sports, but this journalist may be a part of a newspaper that covers many different topics.


Radio and television career

Westermann grew up in Mannheim. After finishing her Abitur she did an editorial traineeship at Mannheimer Morgen  (de ) and attended the Deutsche Journalistenschule (German Journalism School) in Munich. Starting in 1972, she worked as a freelance journalist for several radio and TV stations, produced films and reports and moderated the drehscheibe  (de ) on ZDF. In 1983 she switched to WDR and moderated the Aktuelle Stunde  (de ) until 2002, from 1987 on together with Frank Plasberg.

Mannheim Place in Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Mannheim is a city in the southwestern part of Germany, the third-largest in the German state of Baden-Württemberg after Stuttgart and Karlsruhe with a 2015 population of approximately 305,000 inhabitants. The city is at the centre of the larger densely populated Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region which has a population of 2,400,000 and is Germany's eighth-largest metropolitan region.

Abitur is a qualification granted by university-preparatory schools in Germany, Lithuania, and Estonia. It is conferred on students who pass their final exams at the end of their secondary education, usually after eleven, twelve or thirteen years of schooling. In German, the term Abitur has roots in the archaic word Abiturium, which in turn was derived from the Latin abiturus.

The Deutsche Journalistenschule e.V. is a journalism school in Germany. At the time of its establishment, it was the country's first German journalism school. Today, ut is considered one of the best schools for journalism in Germany.

Since 1996 Westermann has been moderating the show Zimmer frei!  (de ) together with Götz Alsmann, in which an alternating famous "roommate" will be challenged with unusual tasks and games. Westermann and Alsmann called the format a "children's birthday party for celebrities“. For their work with Zimmer frei! the duo has been awarded with the Adolf-Grimme-Preis in 2000.

Götz Alsmann German musician and singer

Götz Alsmann is a German television presenter, musician and singer.

Westermann also works as a host for the German radio station WDR 2, where she presents - rotating with her colleagues - the Montalk (Monday talk) and on Sundays the Buchtipp (Book tip). In 2010 she was awarded with the German Radio prize (Deutscher Radiopreis  (de )) in the category Best Interview.

WDR 2 German radio station

WDR 2 is a radio channel owned and operated by the Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) public broadcasting organization in Germany. It focuses on contemporary pop and rock music for an adult audience and on information. It is also WDR's broadcast sport events channel and produces the live soccer reports programme ARD-Bundesligakonferenz, which covers the results of all games played in the national Bundesliga and is relayed by up to 20 other radio stations across Germany. The channel reaches an average of 3.3 million listeners daily.


In 1999 Christine Westermann published her first book Baby, when will you marry me? - A novel from the jungle of relationships (German title: Baby, wann heiratest du mich?). One year later her second book I think he dropped (me). Stories out of the real life (German: Ich glaube, er hat Schluss gemacht. Geschichten aus dem richtigen Leben) followed. In collaboration with Jörg Thadeusz  (de ) she published the 2008 book Invitation for dance – a twosome story (German: Aufforderung zum Tanz – Eine Zweiergeschichte), a correspondence between two journalists.

Personal life

Between 1990 and 2000 Westermann had a secondary residence in San Francisco, where she worked as a freelance correspondent. During that time she shuttled regularly between the US and her workplace in Cologne. Since June 2000 Westermann has been married to corporate consultant Jochen Baller, who is also her agent. They live in Cologne.

Cologne Place in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Cologne is the largest city of Germany's most populous federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, and its 1 million+ (2016) inhabitants make it the fourth most populous city in Germany after Berlin, Hamburg, and Munich. The largest city on the Rhine, it is also the most populous city both of the Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan Region, which is Germany's largest and one of Europe's major metropolitan areas, and of the Rhineland. Centred on the left bank of the Rhine, Cologne is about 45 kilometres (28 mi) southeast of North Rhine-Westphalia's capital of Düsseldorf and 25 kilometres (16 mi) northwest of Bonn. It is the largest city in the Central Franconian and Ripuarian dialect areas.


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