Correspondent, International Herald Tribune (Germany)
Katrin Bennhold is a correspondent for the International Herald Tribune in Paris. An economist by training, she covers French and European politics for both the IHT and its parent, the New York Times. Before joining the newspaper in early 2004, Katrin spent 3 years as international economics writer for Bloomberg News. She began her career in journalism as a television presenter for N24 and Bloomberg TV in London, after obtaining her BSc and MSc degrees in economics at the London School of Economics in 1997 and 1998 respectively. She left Germany at the age of 16 to pass her International Baccaleaureate at the United World College in New Mexico and spent one year travelling and working in Latin America before moving back to Europe. Katrin speaks German, English, French and Spanish.
I am an accidental journalist. I abandoned a PhD to take a break from academia, earn some money and move in with my boyfriend. But it did not take long to get addicted to a profession that combines endless novelty with a compelling sense of purpose. It is an enormous privilege (and a lot of fun) to write that famous first draft of history. It also comes with enormous responsibility and almost daily ethical conundrums. I have found it helpful that neither my own perspective nor that of my readers is colored by national allegiance. Between a German passport, two British university degrees and my current life in France, my identity is above all European. But my journalism, molded first at Bloomberg and then at the New York Times Group, is rooted in the American tradition.