Jana Pareigis is one of the faces of DW’s German-language Journal news show. Since July 2010 the 32 year old has been a presenter for the German foreign broadcaster's flagship news program.
The Hamburg-born moderator with German, Swedish and Zimbabwean roots studied political science and African studies. We speak with her on Talking Germany about issues of identity and cultural diversity.
The 32-year-old journalist has lived in Berlin for eight years. She likes the city for its international quality. Tourists from around the world meet Berlin residents of all nationalities. It’s a cultural melting pot that fits excellently with Jana’s diverse roots. Immediately after her birth in 1981 in Hamburg, she was adopted by German-Swedish parents. She went to school in Hamburg and still loves her home city. After finishing school, she went to Zimbabwe for a year – the county where her father, whom she never knew, comes from. She did volunteer work with children in Harare and took her first steps as a journalist. Since 2010 Jana Pareigis has presented the German-language news on Deutsche Welle. As a journalist, she wants to understand the world - not just to report the news, but to tell the stories of the people behind it.