Ines Pohl (born 12 April 1967, in Mutlangen, Baden-Württemberg) is a German journalist.

Ines Pohl
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Born (1967-04-12) April 12, 1967 (age 54)
Mutlangen, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany

Early life and educationEdit

Pohl grew up in rural Swabia (East Württemberg) as the daughter of a kindergarten teacher (mother) and a skilled labour worker (father). After graduating high school (German Abitur) in Schwäbisch Gmünd, she studied German studies and Scandinavian studies at the University of Göttingen. In the early and mid-1980s, as a school girl and a young student, Pohl was actively involved in the German peace movement, specifically in the protest against the stationing of MGM-31 Pershing missiles at a United States Armed Forces Missile Storage Area at Mutlanger Heide ("Mutlangen heathland") near her hometown (as part of the NATO Double-Track Decision).[citation needed]

Career and private lifeEdit

In the 1990s, Pohl worked as a freelance journalist at a local radio station as well as for several regional newspapers; she did her traineeship at Hessische/Niedersächsische Allgemeine (HNA) newspaper. There, she was gradually promoted up the ranks, being leading editor for politics within ten years.

In 2004/2005, Pohl spent a year at Harvard University on a scholarship of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism.

In 2008, Pohl went to Berlin to work as a correspondent for the Ippen publishing house. From July 2009 until September 2015 she was editor in chief of the left-wing newspaper Die Tageszeitung,.[1] During her time at the newspaper, her brief was to return the paper to its left-wing roots after a much-criticised foray into more popular journalism.[2]

In 2016, Pohl joined German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle in 2015, where she worked as Washington correspondent. Soon after, she was appointed editor-in-chief, effective March 1, 2017.[3]

Pohl lives together with her spouse in Berlin.[4]

Other activitiesEdit

  • Jugend gegen AIDS, Member of the Advisory Board[5]
  • International Journalists’ Programmes, Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Reporters Without Borders Germany, Member of the Board of Trustees (2010-2016)[6]


In 2009, Pohl was awarded the prize "Best journalist of the year" in the category "newcomer" by the Medium Magazine.[7]


  1. ^ Germany, SPIEGEL ONLINE, Hamburg. "Chefredakteurin: Ines Pohl verlässt die "taz"".
  2. ^ Tony Paterson (December 5, 2009), Phallic insult sparks German media feud The Independent.
  3. ^ Christoph Jumpelt (June 8, 2016), Ines Pohl named new DW editor-in-chief Deutsche Welle.
  4. ^ Ein Fest der Liebe (german)
  5. ^ Advisory Board Jugend gegen AIDS.
  6. ^ Board of Trustees Reporters Without Borders Germany.
  7. ^ Die Journalisten des Jahres 2009. In: Medium Magazin online on 21 December 2009, seen on 14 January 2010.