Der Tagesspiegel (meaning The Daily Mirror) is a German daily newspaper. It has regional correspondent offices in Washington, D.C., and Potsdam. It is the only major newspaper in the capital to have increased its circulation, now 148,000, since reunification.[citation needed] Der Tagesspiegel is a liberal newspaper[1] that is classified as centrist media in the context of German politics.[2][3][4]

Der Tagesspiegel
The 17 September 2010 front page of Der Tagesspiegel
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Verlag Der Tagesspiegel GmbH (Dieter von Holtzbrinck Media)
  • Stephan-Andreas Casdorff
  • Lorenz Maroldt
Founded27 September 1945; 78 years ago (1945-09-27)
HeadquartersBerlin, Germany

History and profile


Founded on 27 September 1945 by Erik Reger, Walther Karsch and Edwin Redslob, Der Tagesspiegel's main office is based in Berlin[5] at Askanischer Platz in the locality of Kreuzberg, about 600 metres (2,000 ft) from Potsdamer Platz and the former location of the Berlin Wall.

For more than 45 years, Der Tagesspiegel was owned by an independent trust. In 1993, in response to an increasingly competitive publishing environment, and to attract investments required for technical modernisation, such as commission of a new printing plant, and improved distribution, it was bought by the Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. Its current publisher is Dieter von Holtzbrinck with editors in chief Stephan-Andreas Casdorff and Lorenz Maroldt [de]. Pierre Gerckens, Giovanni di Lorenzo and Hermann Rudolph are editors of the newspaper. Some of the notable writers include Bas Kast and Harald Martenstein.

The paper's main readership is in the western half of the city, due to the 1948 blockade having stopped its circulation in East Berlin and Brandenburg. The paper has recently been redesigned, introducing more colour and a clearer typeface. In 2005 it was awarded the World's Best-Designed Newspapers Award by the Society for News Design in New York. It is owned by Verlag Der Tagesspiegel GmbH, a member of the Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, and associated with the Wall Street Journal. In 2009, Dieter von Holtzbrinck bought Der Tagesspiegel and Handelsblatt from Holtzbrinck.[6]

From 2005 to 2008, American journalist Michael Scaturro edited the English-language version of Der Tagesspiegel, which was known as The Berlin Paper.[7]

In 2007 and 2008 Der Tagesspiegel's Washington, D.C., correspondent, Christoph von Marschall, was noted in both Germany and the United States for his coverage of Barack Obama's presidential campaign. He wrote a book entitled Barack Obama – Der schwarze Kennedy. The literal translation of its German title is "Barack Obama – the Black Kennedy".[8] His book was a bestseller in Germany, where other commentators had also compared the two Americans.[9]


  1. ^ Annikki Koskensalo; John Smeds; Angel Huguet; Rudolf De Cillia (2012). Language: Competence-Change-Contact. LIT Verlag Münster. p. 90.
  2. ^ Craig R. Eisendrath; Melvin Allan Goodman; Melvin A. Goodman, eds. (2001). The Phantom Defense: America's Pursuit of the Star Wars Illusion. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 136.
  3. ^ Glen Segell, ed. (2004). Disarming Iraq. Glen Segell Publishers. p. 352.
  4. ^ W. Pojmann, ed. (2004). Migration and Activism in Europe since 1945. Springer. p. 2008. This qualitative analysis was complemented by a quantitative media analysis of coverage of the two case studies in two major Berlin dailies; the leftist Berliner Zeitung and the more centrist Tagesspiegel.
  5. ^ "Der Tagesspiegel". VoxEurop. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Der Tagesspiegel". Eurotopics. Archived from the original on 24 December 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  7. ^ Meier, Christian (15 November 2011). "Medien: Mit Steingart auf dem Sofa". WELT (in German).
  8. ^ Phillips, Dennis (30 January 2008). "Barack Obama – The Black Kennedy?!". Rhein-Main for Obama Blog. Archived from the original on 3 June 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  9. ^ Kulish, Nicholas (6 January 2008). "Germany's Got a Crush on Obama". The Caucus. New York Times. Archived from the original on 11 November 2022.