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Gerhard Elfers

Born in:
Steinfurt, Westphalia, Germany

Languages:
German, English, embarrassingly little French

Journalistic experience:
Yes, plenty. I have been doing TV-news for nearly thirty years, and before DW thought it a good idea to shove me in front of the camera, I have filled a wide variety of roles behind one. I've been a cameraman for ARD, ZDF and a variety of international broadcasters in Bonn in the late 1980ies; before I moved on to become a news-producer for WTN. I later worked as reporter, executive producer and editor at RTL. In London, I have worked as a producer for NBC NEWS, produced and reported for ARD, and been a correspondent for DW. I have also written a book about London, currently in its 4th print run.

With DW since:
2008

Favorite quote:
"You recognize a good journalist in the fact that he will never associate with a cause, not even with a good one." Hanns-Joachim Friedrichs, German TV Anchor, 1927-1995

What do I strive to be as a journalist?
To be skeptical - towards everything.

7 random facts about me
1. I once experienced an emergency landing in an aircraft with a burning engine. (Much less fun then you may think.)
2. I won the foil-fencing championship in the state of Westphalia in 1980. (I still fence the odd bout.)
3. Risotto Milanese and Boeuf bourguignon. (In my next life, I will be a chef.)
4. My biggest embarrassment? Probably my collection of pocket squares. (It has grown to a rather alarming size.)
5. I really, really like living in London. It's the coolest city on earth. (Sorry, Berlin.)
6. Strangely, all my friends agree on two things: that I lack deep understanding of football and that I have a questionable taste in music. (Complete nonsense, of course.)
7. My proudest achievement is still being married to my teenage-sweetheart. (I vowed that I would pop the question -as soon as I got home in one piece- while being on an aircraft with a burning engine.)