Ulrich Tilgner – Brief Biography

Brief Biography

1948 born in Bremen, Northern Germany
1958 – 1966 attended secondary school at Altes Gymnasium, Bremen
1968 – 1975 studied Empirical Culture Studies, Political Science, and Economic History at the universities of Freiburg and Tuebingen
1975 – 1978 journalist for regional radio broadcaster Sueddeutsche Rundfunk
1979 – 1980 managing editor at dpa press agency’s regional Landesbüro Südwest
1980 – 1981 established offices in Iran: ARD foreign correspondent foreign correspondent for dpa press agency foreign correspondent for various newspapers
Since 1982 reporting for nationwide broadcasters ZDF (Germany) and SF/DRS (Switzerland) on the Near and Middle East on a wide range of subjects: as war correspondent, also in civil wars, documenting the Intifada, abductions
1986 – 2000 established offices in Amman, Jordan
1991 and 2003 reporting from the first and second Gulf War from Kuwait and Baghdad
2002 – 2008 bureau chief of the ZDF office in Tehran
2006 -2008 ZDF-Sonderkorrespondent für den Nahen und Mittleren Osten
Since April 2008 correspondent for SF (Swiss Television)

In 2003, Ulrich Tilgner was the recipient of the coveted Hanns-Joachim-Friedrichs prize for outstanding television journalism for his reporting on the Iraq war which the jury bestowed on him for “the degree of professional excellence and journalistic independence despite the extreme working conditions of front-line reportage”.