German for You? Social Media Translates Germany for Refugees

April 6, 2017 @ 12:30 pm – 1:20 pm
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, FXB 710
651 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115
Michael Miller

FXB Work-in Progress Series Presents Isabel Schayani


Isabel Schayani is editor for WDR (Westdeutschen Rundfunk) and since December 2015 has overseen the network’s WDRforyou web and social media news channel for refugees arriving in Germany. She is also an international news presenter for the program “Weltspiegel” for ARD, one of Germany’s leading national broadcasters as well as a commentator in the flagship news show “Tagesthemen.” Prior to creating WDRforyou, Schayani served as New York correspondent for ARD.

Schayani studied international law, modern history, and Oriental studies at the University of Bonn with a concentration in Islamic law. In 1985, she started first as a reporter then became a news presenter for public radio (WDR, Cologne). Later, she hosted the children’s television news show LOGO (ZDF) and wrote for the German national newspapers Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Süddeutsche Zeitung and Die Tageszeitung. In 1996, she started working as a TV reporter and editor for the morning program on ARD. She then developed and hosted Cosmo TV, a TV program for immigrants. From 2005 until 2014, Isabel was a reporter and one of the executive producers for the investigative television program Monitor. Isabel Schayani received the Deutscher Sozialpreis 2014 and was nominated for the CIVIS Media Prize for her documentary New Slums of Germany about Roma migrants.