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Close up 2019

With Close-Up to the world: For three to four weeks each, cultural journalists from Germany and the United States of America swap their workplaces. They become familiar with professional routines in their host country and report on their impressions on site. This year's Close-Up takes place within the scope of "Wunderbar Together - The Year of German American Friendship". 

Here you can find information about the participants and soon read their articles in the host media.

Kassel – Kansas City

AnneMarie Hunter – Michaela Pflug © Goethe-Institut | Nancy Schneider

In September, the journalist AnneMarie Hunter will travel to Kassel for four weeks and will be the guest of HNA. In October, the journalist Michaela Pflug will travel to Kansas City for four weeks and will be the guest of Kansas City Business Journal

Munich – Atlanta

Malcolm Ohanwe – Martha Dalton© Goethe-Institut/Nancy Schneider

In October, the journalist Martha Dalton will travel to Munich for four weeks and will be the guest of Zündfunk (Bayern 2). In November, the journalist Malcolm Ohanwe will travel to Atlanta for four weeks and will be the guest of WABE (NPR).

Hamburg – San Francisco

Hamburg - Seattle© Goethe-Institut/Nancy Schneider

In October, the journalist Shara Tibken will travel to Hamburg for four weeks and will be the guest of Stern. In November, the journalist Fiona Weber-Steinhaus will travel to San Francisco for four weeks and will be the guest of CNET News.



AnneMarie Hunter© private

AnneMarie Hunter

is an established writer and photographer who covers business, features and the arts including the Kansas City Star, the Kansas City Business Journal, KC Studio Arts Magazine and U.S. News and World Report. She creates written content and photography for corporate clients across a wide array of industries. She graduated from Northwestern University, with a B.S. in communications and minor in art history. She holds a M.A. in art education from Southern Oregon University.

Michaela Pflug© private

Michaela Pflug

studied Political Sciences and English in Hanover, Konstanz and Toronto. 2013 she returned to her home town and started working at Hessisch-Niedersächsische Allgemeine (HNA). She writes about everything happening in the communities to the east of Kassel with a strong focus on local politics and lifestyle.  

Martha Dalton© private

Martha Dalton

is the education reporter at WABE, the NPR affiliate in Atlanta, Georgia. She has worked at WABE for more than nine years, reporting, producing and filling in for local show hosts. Before WABE, she reported for CNN Radio and worked at other radio stations in the Southeastern U.S. She transitioned into broadcasting after working as a public school teacher for ten years. 

Malcolm Ohanwe© Bianca Traube

Malcolm Ohanwe

studied English, Romance and Middle East Studies at the LMU in Munich. He completed his journalistic traineeship at Bayerischer Rundfunk. He supported various regional correspondent studios in Bavaria, as well as the West Africa Studio of Deutsche Welle, where he was a video journalist reporting on economics and culture in Nigeria. He worked for ProSieben and SPIEGEL Online and runs the podcast "Kanackische Welle" on identity in Germany, a country of immigration. 

Fiona Weber-Steinhaus© Martin Jaeschke

Fiona Weber-Steinhaus

is a German-British reporter. She writes for Stern Magazin, Zeit, Spiegel Online, NZZ, Guardian et al. Her beat: features, portraits, in-depth reporting. Her topics: society, culture and politics. She is an alumni of the Henri Nannen Journalism School in Hamburg. Before that, she studied Politics, Theatre Studies, and Communication Science at Trinity College, Dublin, and at the Universities of Glasgow and Münster.

Shara Tibken© Sarah Tew/CNET

Shara Tibken

works for CNET, the world's largest tech news site, which is owned by CBS. She focuses on the mobile industry, covering giants such as Apple and Samsung, and she participated in a Burns Fellowship in 2017. Before working for CNET in San Francisco, Shara wrote for Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal in New York.

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