Hans-Peter Siebenhaar


From 1984 to 1989, Hans-Peter Siebenhaar studied political science, theatre studies and communication science, sociology and modern history at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, the Kalamazoo College in Michigan (USA) and the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. Degree: M.A. 1989, PhD. 1994.

Professional Career

From the age of 17, Hans-Peter Siebenhaar worked as freelance journalist for Nürnberger Nachrichten and Fränkischer Tag. From 1985 to 1988 he contributed to Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcasting). After a traineeship at Fränkischer Tag in Bamberg from 1989 to 1991, he worked as editor of the Protestant Press Association for Bavaria (Sonntagsblatt, epd) in Munich from 1991 to 1993. After his doctoral degree in political science on European media policy in 1994, Hans-Peter Siebenhaar received a Robert Schuman scholarship of the European Parliament, Directorate-General for Science, in Luxembourg. From 1995 to 2000, he held the position of political and economic editor at Fränkischer Tag. In 2000, he changed over to Handelsblatt in Düsseldorf as business editor with a special focus on the media industry and the Internet. In 2013 he moved to Vienna as Handelsblatt’s correspondent for Austria and Southeast Europe. Hans-Peter Siebenhaar is the author of numerous books, including "Europa als audiovisueller Raum" (1994), "Die Nimmersatten, Die Wahrheit über das System ARD und ZDF" (2012), and "Österreich - Die zerrissene Republik" (2017), which was reprinted by the Federal Agency for Civic Education in 2018.

Voluntary activities

President of the Foreign Press Association in Vienna. Co-organizer of the European Media Summit at Lech am Arlberg and Medien.Mittelpunkt Ausseerland.