Kleber, Claus-Detlev - from Germany
Country of meeting: in the year 2007-2008
Lawyer, journalist, author and television presenter. Lawyer, journalist, author and television presenter. In January 1985 Kleber became studio manager of Südwestfunk in Konstanz and changed to journalism after completing his doctorate. From 1986, he worked for fifteen years as a correspondent for ARD stations in both radio and television reports from the USA. He rose from radio editor to studio manager in Washington D.C.. From there, Kleber reported live on the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Before joining ZDF, Kleber was most recently ARD studio director in London.
Kleber has been presenter of the ZDF- heute-journal since the beginning of 2003 and was also its director until February 2009. At the end of 2007, Kleber was offered the position of editor-in-chief of the news magazine Der Spiegel. However, he rejected the offer, partly on the grounds that television was his medium. He then gave up his permanent position at ZDF and has been moderating heute-journal as a freelancer ever since. This status earned him a considerably higher income: According to research by the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Kleber receives 600,000 euros a year for the moderation of heute-journal, making him the best paid news presenter on German television in 2009. The moderator is a member of the board of trustees of the German-American association Atlantik-Brücke, a foundation of the same name, and the Berlin branch of the American association Aspen-Institut.
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