Robin Alexander is a reporter for Die Welt, a German news site and nation-wide newspaper, and for Welt am Sonntag, Germany’s largest Sunday quality paper. He is covering the politics of the German chancellor, Angela Merkel. In this capacity he follows her to official visits and reports from international summits such as the frequent EU-summits in Brussels and the G8 and G20 meetings around the world. Prior to this Robin reported on internal German politics, particularly on the government and parliament in Berlin.
In 2013 Robin was awarded with the Theodor-Wolff-Preis, Germany’s prestigious journalism award, for his political essay: “Auf den Herd gekommen”, (Welt am Sonntag, 11.11.2012). Robin appears frequently on German TV. During the last election campaign he co-hosted “Die absolute Mehrheit” and “TV Total Bundestagswahl” with Stefan Raab on Pro7, one of the biggest TV channels in the country.
Recently, Robin was granted the Arthur-F-Burns-Fellowship for a two months stay in the United States in 2014. He participated in the Bucerius Summer School on Global Governance, a longstanding international program of the ZEIT-Stiftung, in Hamburg in 2011. In the same year he got nominated for the media price of the German Bundestag for a series of articles on the legalization of pre-implemantation diagnostics.
Before joining the Welt-Group in 2008 Robin was a reporter for the German Vanity Fair. Unfortunately, the daring attempt to establish a German version of the famous magazine lasted only one year but taught Robin a lot about the differences between American and German journalism. Prior to that, Robin had abstained from journalism for one year to take care of his first child while his wife was working on her career. Robin used this extended paternity leave to write a book about just that. It was published by “Rowohlt” as hardcover, paperback and audiobook. Robin studied history and journalism in Leipzig and was a trainee with taz-die tageszeitung, Germany’s leading alternative daily newspaper in Berlin.
He lives with his wife, Astrid Alexander, and their three kids, Neo, Nike and Kilian, in Berlin.