Status: 01.08.2019 00:00 a.m.
The ARD studio Los Angeles, together with the “outpost” in Menlo Park, is responsible for the west coast of the USA. The reporting mainly focuses on California, Hollywood and Silicon Valley.
Katharina Wilhelm (studio manager, Hessischer Rundfunk)
Katharina Wilhelm, born in Mainz in 1983, studied theater, film and media studies and German studies in Frankfurt am Main. The first jobs as a reporter came from the “Frankfurter Neue Presse”, after which she discovered a love for radio, television and the Internet. During her traineeship in Hessischer Rundfunk, she worked on radio for the departments of politics, Hessen and the environment.
For Katharina Wilhelm, explaining complex relationships in an understandable way is the high art of journalism. She learned this not only on Hessischer Rundfunk, but also as a television author for the ZDF children’s news program “Logo”. For the web project “The Riddle Woman – Secrets in Botticelli’s Pictures” she was awarded the 1st prize by the Axel Springer Academy.
There is also a need for clarification in their new reporting area, the west coast of the USA. The ARD studio Los Angeles takes care of all topics that are relevant to Germany from Alaska to California. This includes, among other things, the special role of California, because the most populous US state has seen itself as an opponent of Washington’s politics since the election of Donald Trump.
Large companies and small start-ups are working on our digital future in Silicon Valley, the very real effects of climate change are showing themselves in the northernmost state of Alaska, and in Hollywood, social problems such as sexism and discrimination are becoming new not only in films but also outside of sets negotiated.
Katharina Wilhelm has been working regularly as a representative in the ARD studio in Los Angeles since 2011, and as studio manager since August 2018.
Marcus Schuler, Correspondent (Bavarian Radio)
Marcus Schuler (born 1971) was born in Esslingen am Neckar in Baden-Württemberg. Since July 2017 he has been working as a correspondent in the ARD studio in Los Angeles. With one difference: the journalist from Bayerischer Rundfunk has his office in Silicon Valley – a good 600 kilometers north of LA. From there, he not only provides ARD with news from the world‘s tech mecca, but also with the entire range of topics that the US West Coast has to offer.
After graduation, military service with the Bundeswehr (Radio Andernach) and internships with the emigrant newspaper “Aufbau” in New York, among other things, he volunteered at the BBC in London. He then studied politics in Bonn. In addition to his studies, he began working for the SWF3 radio station in Baden-Baden, where he moderated the morning show.
In 1998 he received the Kurt Magnus Prize, which young ARD radio journalists receive. At Südwestrundfunk, he built up the first trimedia youth service from ARD, DASDING, for which his team and he received the then new Grimme Online Award in 2002.
In 2003, Marcus Schuler switched to Bayerischer Rundfunk, where he was responsible for ARD and everything digital as a manager. From 2015 he built up a new development department in the BR that programs apps (BR24, Bayern2 app) as well as new digital services and products. In his free time, he produces the popular tech podcast “Geek-Week” with friends in Portland, Oregon and in Bern, Switzerland, which is also broadcast on Bavarian radio.