Producer and Reporter, ZDF (German TV, based in Washington)
Understanding trends in media consumption Judge
Steffanie Riess is a Washington, D.C. based journalist for the public German television network ZDF. Her job for the past 12 years has included not only covering every major U.S. news story but also trying to explain America and the Americans to the German public. Her beat extends south of the border as well and she spends a good amount of her time reporting from Haiti, Mexico and Cuba. Riess has produced several documentaries, including an award-winning film on socio-economic inequalities in the United States. She started her journalistic career in London, England where she worked for various international broadcasters.