Gerd Ruge

Life and work

In 1949, he began his journalistic career at the NWDR where radio reports from abroad were the focus of his work. Among other things, he reported in 1950 as the first West German journalist after the Second World War in Yugoslavia.

Ruge was from 1956 to 1959, the first correspondent for the ARD in Moscow correspondent from 1964 to 1969 in the United States. In 1970 he took over the management of the WDR studios in capital Bonn, in the years 1973 to 1976, he reported for the daily newspaper Die Welt from Beijing. After another different functions at WDR and ARD, including from 1987 to 1993 as head of the ARD studio in Moscow, Ruge went on 1 September 1993 to retire.

In 1961 he founded together with Felix Rexhausen and Carola Stern in Cologne, the German section of Amnesty International. He is a member of the PEN center of Germany.

Together with Klaus Bölling he initiated in 1963 the ARD program Weltspiegel. From 1981 to 1983 he was moderator of the German magazine Monitor. 1984/1985 Ruge was WDR - TV chief editor. Along with Helmut Markwort, he headed Nineteen Ten 3sat - talk show. Also under Ruge Nineteen Ten moderated this broadcast even his TV colleague Nina Ruge; both are not related to each other.

From 1997 to 2001 Ruge was professor of TV journalism at the University of Television and Film Munich.

Together with the Film Foundation NRW he forgives every year since 2002, worth 100,000 euros Gerd Ruge scholarship.


Ruge's first wife was Fredeke Countess von der Schulenburg (1934-2010), the eldest daughter from the marriage of Nazi resistance fighter Fritz Dietlof von der Schulenburg (1902-1944) and his wife Charlotte Kotelmann ( 1909-1991 ). With her he has the children Elisabeth and Boris. Later Ruge was married to the author Lois Fisher. Both marriages ended in divorce.

Significant reports


  • Encounter with China. A world power on the move. Econ Verlag, Dusseldorf / Vienna 1978, ISBN 3-430-17837-1.
  • Mikhail Gorbachev. Biography, S. Fischer Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 1990, ISBN 3-10-068506-7.
  • The Big Country. Russian experience. Russian perspectives. Opinions, Berlin Verlag, Berlin 1996, ISBN 3-426-60750-6.
  • Siberian diary. Travelogue, Berlin Verlag, Berlin 1998, ISBN 3-8270-0300-8.
  • The Germans and their neighbors: Russia. CH Beck Verlag, Munich 2008, ISBN 978-3-406-57850-2.
  • Heading. Political memories. Hanser Verlag, Munich, 2013, ISBN 978-3-446-24369-9.