Thomas Roth (journalist)

Last updated
Thomas Roth
Thomas Roth (Journalist) 2005-09-28 (01) (cropped).jpg
Roth in 2005
Born (1951-11-21) November 21, 1951 (age 70)
Occupation News presenter, journalist
Years active1988–2016
Employer ARD

Thomas Roth (born November 21, 1951, in Heilbronn) is a German news anchor presenter and television presenter.



He grow up in Heilbronn and attended the local Justinus-Kerner-Gymnasium. He then studied English Literature and German in Heidelberg. In the early 1980s Roth graduated as volunteer at the South German Radio and presented on the radio program SDR 3 the youth program Point . From 1988 to 1991 Thomas Roth was ARD - Correspondent and studio manager in Johannesburg, then he worked in the ARD studio in Moscow. In 1995 he was the radio director of the WDR, before returning in 1998 for four years as a studio manager to Moscow. On 1 May 2002 Thomas Roth took over the post as host and chief editor of the ARD studio in Berlin. [1] From 1 April 2007, he was again head of ARD Studio Moscow. From December 2008 until the summer of 2013 he was head of ARD studio in New York City. [2]

From August 5, 2013, Thomas Roth was the host of Tagesthemen succeeding Tom Buhrow. In April 2016 it was announced that he will leave the show and retire. His successor was Ingo Zamperoni. [3]

Other activities

Thomas Roth is a member of the organization Reporters Without Borders and held in the Berlin Academy of Arts on September 25, 2014, a speech on the 20th anniversary of the founding of the German section of the organization.

Work by Roth


Related Research Articles

ARD (broadcaster) Group of German public broadcasters

ARD is a joint organisation of Germany's regional public-service broadcasters. It was founded in 1950 in West Germany to represent the common interests of the new, decentralised, post-war broadcasting services – in particular the introduction of a joint television network.

Das Erste is the flagship national television channel of the ARD association of public broadcasting corporations in Germany. ARD and ZDF – "the Second" German Television Channel – together comprise the public service television broadcasters in the German television system. Das Erste is jointly operated by the nine regional public broadcasting corporations that are members of the ARD.

Tagesthemen is one of Germany's main daily television news magazines, presented by journalists Caren Miosga and Ingo Zamperoni. Second only to the 20:00 TagesschauTagesthemen is ARD's most important newscast. It is different in style and content from Tagesschau and is broadcast Mondays to Thursdays at 22:15, Fridays at 23:15, Saturdays at varying times and Sundays at 22:45. On special news occasions, a Tagesthemen extra is also broadcast before the main show. Each Tagesthemen broadcast has a single host, a single newsreader for the news block, usually from the earlier Tagesschau, a weather presenter broadcasting from Frankfurt, and a presenter for the sports block on the weekends. Previously recorded Tagesthemen newscasts can also be seen internationally via YouTube on Tagesschau's YouTube Channel.

Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln is a German public-broadcasting institution based in the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia with its main office in Cologne. WDR is a constituent member of the consortium of German public-broadcasting institutions, ARD. As well as contributing to the output of the national television channel Das Erste, WDR produces the regional television service WDR Fernsehen and six regional radio networks.

Norddeutscher Rundfunk Public service broadcaster in Northern Germany

Norddeutscher Rundfunk is a public radio and television broadcaster, based in Hamburg. In addition to the city-state of Hamburg, NDR broadcasts for the German states of Lower Saxony, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Schleswig-Holstein. NDR is a member of the ARD organisation.

Tom Buhrow German journalist

Tom Buhrow is a German journalist and intendant of the WDR.

Sonia Seymour Mikich German TV journalist

Sonia Seymour Mikich is a German TV journalist.

Gerd Ruge German journalist, author and filmmaker

Gerd Ruge was a German journalist, author and filmmaker. As a journalist he was associated with public broadcasters Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk (NWDR), ARD and WDR. Through his career spanning over 50 years, he reported from many countries including the former Soviet Union, China, the United States, and Afghanistan. He was the first German journalist with a visa to work in Yugoslavia, and the first correspondent for national television ARD in Moscow. He was ARD correspondent in the U.S. from 1964 and 1969, where he reported after the assassination of both Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy. Ruge summarised his reports in books such as Sibirisches Tagebuch and Russland: Portrait eines Nachbarn and Unterwegs: politische Erinnerungen

Caren Miosga German journalist and television presenter

Caren Miosga is a German journalist and television presenter.

Pinar Atalay German radio and television presenter

Pinar Atalay is a German radio and television presenter.

Richard Gutjahr German TV presenter and blogger

Richard Gutjahr is a German TV presenter and blogger. He is known for covering the terror attacks in Nice and Munich in mid-2016 with a mobile phone, and he "explained how basic mobile technology allowed him to cover the two attacks".

Linda Zervakis German-Greek television presenter (born 1975)

Linda Zervakis is a German-Greek television presenter as well as newsreader and journalist. She was the first Tagesschau presenter with an immigrant background.

Ellen Ehni German journalist

Ellen Ehni is a German journalist. At Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) she heads the programme group for business and law.

Karl Lippegaus German music journalist, author and radio presenter

Karl Lippegaus is a German music journalist, author and radio presenter.

Ranga Yogeshwar Luxembourgish television presenter and author

Ranganathan Gregoire Yogeshwar is a Luxembourgish physicist and science journalist. He started gaining attention at the end of the 1980s in the German-speaking area for his science documentaries that were often coupled with critical analysis and prognoses of the societal effects of research in the natural sciences.

Tina Hassel German broadcast journalist

Tina Hassel is a German broadcast journalist. Since July 2015 she has been director of the capital studio of ARD, the German public broadcasting association.

Ingo Zamperoni German journalist and presenter

Ingo Antonio Zamperoni is a German news presenter and journalist. Between 2012 and 2014, he was the presenter of the Tagesthemen news magazine on the Das Erste channel, a role he continued in October 2016 upon returning from deployment as the ARD correspondent in Washington, D.C. between 2014 and 2016.

Claus-Erich Boetzkes is a German journalist and television moderator.

Annette Dittert

Annette Dittert is a German author, filmmaker, correspondent, and journalist.

Peter Merseburger German journalist and author (1928–2022)

Peter Merseburger was a German journalist and author. After working for newspapers and the magazine Der Spiegel, he moved to the broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) in 1965. He became known as television presenter of the political magazine Panorama that he moderated from 1967 to 1975, presenting controversial themes. From 1977, he was correspondent of the ARD in several capital cities such as Washington, D.C., East Berlin and London. After retirement in 1991, he turned to writing biographies of influential persons including Kurt Schumacher, Willy Brandt, Rudolf Augstein, and Theodor Heuss.


  1. Interview mit Thomas Roth: "Ein bisschen Lampenfieber bleibt",, 1. August 2013
  2. Thomas Roth als neuer Leiter des ARD-Studios in New York eingeführt WDR, Pressemitteilung vom 12. Dezember 2008
  3. "Ingo Zamperoni kommt zu den tagesthmen" (in German).
  4. Board of Trustees Action Reconciliation Service for Peace (ASF).