Department Head, Background English, Deutsche Welle, Bonn, Germany
Kristin Zeier heads the Background English department at Deutsche Welle, where she is responsible for publishing the online site dw.de/english and broadcasting several weekly radio magazines. Previously she was project manager in charge of merging the public broadcaster's online and English radio services and took over as head of the multimedia English department in 2009. She is currently pursuing the development of new multimedia formats and web videos. Born in the U.S., Zeier joined Deutsche Welle in 2001. She helped create DW's initial online service and later became managing editor of the English site, which provides 24-hour news, information and analysis for an international audience from a European perspective with a regional focus on Africa and Asia. For several years Zeier has been actively engaged in the development of DW's social media content and involved in DW's international online awards The BOBs - Best of Online Activism.