Katja Ridderbusch is an accomplished journalist, a noted author and international media consultant. Born in a small village in the western part of Germany, she immigrated to the United States in 2005, holds both German and American passports and calls the city of Atlanta home.
Katja reports for leading German newspapers, magazines and online media, as well as public radio stations in Germany and the United States. She penned a critically acclaimed book about life behind the scenes of the European Union, gives media- and presentation-skills workshops around the globe, and moderates panel discussions and conferences.
Prior to her immigration to the United States, Katja worked for the national German daily Die Welt, first as a staff writer at Die Welt’s Berlin headquarters, then as a reporter covering the wars in the Balkans. She was embedded onboard U.S. aircraft carriers in the Pacific and the Persian Gulf and wrote about NATO operations in Afghanistan. In 2001, she became Die Welt’s foreign correspondent in Brussels, Belgium, covering European political and economic affairs.
Katja holds a master’s degree in history, economics and political science from Freie Universität Berlin. She is a recipient of the distinguished Arthur F. Burns fellowship for journalists, a founding member of the Advisory Council to the Department of German Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the Atlanta Press Club and the prestigious Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ). Katja has been on the juries of the European Commission’s Lorenzo-Natali Prize for Journalism and the FameLab competition for science communication in Germany.