April 14, 2017


90.1 WABE

Bridging Cancer and Beauty

Atlanta hairdresser pushes his peers to ramp up knowledge about side effects of chemotherapy

The number of cancer cases is expected to rise by 70 percent over the next two decades, says the World Health Organization (WHO). Many of those patients suffer from the side effects of treatment, like hair loss. They create a growing market -- not just for hospital wig clinics, but also for regular hair salons and beauty spas. Several industry pioneers call to raise the professional bar for hairdresser training and education.



February 2017



Thank you, Mr. President

I’m grateful to Donald Trump. Seriously. First, let me put something straight. That’s critical, especially while speaking with Europeans, because one gets quickly misunderstood for saying anything remotely positive about the new president of the United States.

So, here it comes: For the record, I did not vote for this guy. In fact, he scares me. As a native German and naturalized U.S. citizen I may very soon find myself in the midst of a severe transatlantic storm. And as a journalist, I am, according to Mr. Trump and his advisors, “among the most dishonest human beings on earth” and should keep my “mouth shut.” So I’m in trouble all round.

So why am I grateful to Donald Trump? He helped me clean up my social life.



November 2016


Atlanta Magazine

Outstanding Outcomes

Throughout metro Atlanta, physicians are saving lives by providing comprehensive care during medical emergencies.

Whether their quick thinking stops a stroke victim from suffering lasting damage or their proactive diagnoses work to keep cancer at bay, some of the most talented doctors in the country work at hospitals near you, and their careful decision-making protects the people you love. Here are three stories about amazing medical outcomes.



October 13, 2016


Georgia Health News

Diagnosis: Germ Magnet

The white lab coat, a long-standing status symbol for physicians, is under attack for spreading bacteria and viruses. But doctors are hesitant to ditch the iconic garment.

Sylvia Wright hails from a family where white coats have a long tradition. The Atlanta-based dermatologist and partner at Peachtree Dermatology Associates is a fourth generation physician. For her, the white coat represents "the honor, the service and the commitment of practicing medicine."

Wright could be the last in her line of ancestors to wear the signature garment for doctors. The century-old symbolic garb has come under attack in the United States, and in some European countries.



September 2016


International Transport Journal

Pulp Politics

Do you remember the movie “Bob Roberts”, a satirical mockumentary about a right wing folk singer/self-made millionaire who’s running for the U.S. Senate?

Or, “Wag the Dog”, a dark comedy in which a group of spin doctors construct a fictional war to distract from the president’s sex scandal? Or are you, like myself, a fan of the TV show “House of Cards” that tells the story of a ruthless power couple on their way to the White House?

The current election season in America hardly falls short of all this fiction. Pulp Politics, politics as entertainment, has reached its pinnacle this year.



August 21, 2016


Welt am Sonntag

In the Eyes of the Patient

From arthritis and cancer to high cholesterol: Eyes often serve as the body’s early warning system - U.S. researchers are working on retinal scans for early Alzheimer’s detection

Whether it’s a routine checkup, a case of pink eye, or the need for new glasses: A visit to the eye doctor can save lives.

Sounds surprising? In fact, ophthalmologists are frequently among the first to spot systemic diseases that can potentially be fatal.

The eyes may be the proverbial windows to the soul, but for physicians, they are also windows to the brain, the heart, the blood stream, the nervous and immune systems. Eyes are a sensitive and highly efficient early warning mechanism for the human body.



 July 7, 2016

Jüdische Allgemeine

Jews Before News

The American Jewish Press Association (AJPA) focuses on dealing with ethical conflicts in journalism 

The Jewish-American media remains a strong niche voice in the United States, but it has not escaped the same problems that plague global media.

“The common challenge we share with mainstream media is looking for survival strategies in times of declining print revenue,” says Rick Kestenbaum, current president of the American Jewish Press Association (AJPA).

There are also unique challenges for Jewish media, primarily “the declining level of engagement of Jews in their communities over time,” says Kestenbaum, who is also general manager of The New Jersey Jewish News.

Speaking with members of AJPA I heard many different opinions, perspectives, warnings, interpretations, anecdotes – and stories of new beginnings.



June 22, 2016


90.1 WABE

Higher Workloads Are Leaving US Doctors In Distress

Long hours, higher patient load, financial pressures, and a pile of bureaucracy: Physician burnout is on the rise in the United States.

“I think that medicine is all encompassing,” says Dr. Lisa Robbins, a primary care physician with a practice in Stone Mountain. “It just takes up so much of your energy, your time, your whole self.” Robbins has been a doctor for over 20 years. She says there have been many moments in her career where she felt empty, exhausted, without joy.

The burnout rate among physicians in the United States has jumped 10 percent in the last five years. According to a study by the Mayo clinic, more than half suffer from one form or another of burnout. Also, the suicide rate among physicians is higher than the national average, and many doctors are prone to substance abuse.



June 16, 2016


Jüdische Allgemeine

Weed with a Blessing

Orthodox Rabbis in New York decided to certify kosher medical marijuana

Rabbi Moshe Elefant is used to making difficult decisions about what complies with Jewish dietary laws. But this one “was particularly complicated,” says the Rabbi, an executive with the world’s largest kosher certification agency, the Orthodox Union (OU). The bone of contention: kosher cannabis.

Since January, medical marijuana is legal in New York, the state with the largest Jewish population in the U.S. As the niche market for kosher cannabis opens up, marijuana producers as well as the OU have entered unchartered territory.

I spoke with the Rabbi in charge of certifying kosher cannabis, the CEO of the company that produces it, and a cannabis lawyer who looks to the future of the rapidly growing marijuana industry.



June 6, 2016
Georgia Health News

Fit, or Not Fit to Fly?

Flight doctors carry big responsibility for aviation safety: Screening pilots for physical and mental health

News stories of possible terrorism in the skies and long waits on the ground are grabbing the headlines as summer air travel heats up. Lingering in the background are ongoing discussions of pilot health and its impact on airline safety.

The issue jumped to the forefront last spring when the co-pilot of a Germanwings flight locked himself into the cockpit and deliberately crashed the plane into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board. An investigation revealed that the co-pilot had a long history of severe depression, along with suicidal tendencies. And while that story has faded from the news, aviation experts continue to debate whether tougher health screenings and stricter medical oversight of pilots should be implemented.

I met with a flight doctor who conducts aeromedical exams and ensures pilots are fit for duty in the skies.