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Georg Mascolo

Georg Mascolo, Germany,  started working for the Spiegel Group back in 1988. He reported and produced features and documentaries for Spiegel-TV, particularly covering the fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent reunification of Germany. 

On November 9th, 1989, Georg Mascolo and his camera team documented the historical moment of the East German border patrol opening the famous checkpoint at Bornholmer Strasse. In 2011 the video footage was voted into UNESCO’s Memory of the World International Register. 

In 1992, Mr. Mascolo transferred to Der Spiegel magazine, where he eventually became deputy head of the Berlin bureau and then head of the national affairs desk in Hamburg, where he was also responsible for investigative reporting. From 2004 to 2007 he worked as Spiegel's senior correspondent in Washington, covering the White House and US-Politics.

Back in Germany, Mr Mascolo became bureau chief in Berlin and then from 2008 until 2013 was Editor-in-Chief of Der Spiegel. Since 2014 Mr. Mascolo is the head of the Joint Investigative Group of Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany’s leading newspaper, and the major German public television stations NDR and WDR.

He is a member of the Atlantik-Brücke and of the Core Group of the Munich Security Conference. Mr. Mascolo is a Visiting Scholar at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and a Global Fellow with the Woodrow Institute in Washington DC.

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