Klaus Bednarz

Klaus Bednarz ( born June 6, 1942 in Falkirk in Berlin ) is a German journalist.

Life and career

After studying Theatre Studies, Slavic and East European History in Hamburg, Vienna and Moscow Bednarz received his doctorate in 1966 after a successful dissertation on the Russian writer Anton Chekhov.

Since 1967, Bednarz works as a television correspondent, such as a foreign correspondent in Poland ( 1971-1977 ) and the Soviet Union ( 1977-1982 ). In 1983, he hosted the issues of the day. From 1983 to 2001 Bednarz managing editor and moderator was the WDR program monitor, of which he passed on to his colleague Sonia Seymour Mikich 2002. Since 2002, Bednarz has worked as a special correspondent and chief reporter for WDR television. In his television reports and book publications, Bednarz busy especially with countries in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union and to the south of Chile and Argentina.

According to a report by the Star Bednarz was spied especially during his tenure in Eastern Europe of the State Security of the GDR by an acquaintance.

Klaus Bednarz is a member of PEN Center Germany.

Books and films of Klaus Bednarz (selection)


  • East of the Sun: From Lake Baikal to Alaska
  • The Ballad of Lake Baikal ( Consisting of: Winter travel, summer travel, The reunion )
  • At the end of the world: A journey through Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia 2004
  • Travel through East Prussia

Awards (selection)