Jochen Bendele (*1952) is editor of the local section of the “Kleine Zeitung” since more than 20 years. Previously the German-born was at Austria’s first private radio station “Antenne Austria South”, two years at ORF Kärnten (TV and radio) and editorial member of the daily “Der Standard”. He is a lecturer for the subject “newspaper internship” at the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, supports “Newspapers in Education” projects and is a frequent moderator.

Peter Fritz (*1961) is Head of the ORF international office in Brussels, previously he worked more than two decades as ORF correspondent in Bonn, Berlin and Washington, from 2003 to 2007 he was the Head of  “Zeit im Bild abroad”. Peter Fritz studied German and history at the University of Vienna. At this time he also worked for the newspaper “Kleine Zeitung” and from 1982 in the Regional Studio Carinthia. From 1985 to 1986 he worked at “Radio Austria International”, and then in the domestic editorial. Numerous missions as a special correspondent made him known (the Berlin Wall, the Gulf War, the crisis in Albania) all over Austria.

Carmen Kassekert (*1939) comes from South Africa and lives in Klagenfurt. She works in the communications and media environment and has made her passion for literature to a profession. Since 2010 she organizes “Slam if you can!” – Competitions in Carinthia and beyond she has issued in this context an anthalogy with Slam texts. In addition to the organization and supervision of the young literary man, she frequently moderates poetry slams.

Otmar Lahodynsky (*1955) was born in Linz and began to work in 1976 at the weekly “profil” after his studies in German and English. In 1981 he experienced the imposition of martial law in Poland in 1981 as the only journalist from Austria. One of his photos made it to the front pages of “Time”, “Paris Match”, “Espresso” et al. From 1988 to 1995 he reported for the daily newspaper “Die Presse” from Brussels. Until 1996 Lahodynsky was deputy editor in chief at “Die Presse”, then foreign affairs department head at the daily “Kurier”. Since 1998 again at “profil” at the interface Politik-EU. Lahodynsky is the chairman of the “Association of European Journalists” (AEJ-Austrian section.) .Books: “The proportional Pact” (1987); together with Wolfgang Böhm: “The Austria-Complex” (2000), “EU for you! So the European Union “(2005) published also in Slovenian, Croatian, Turkish and Estonian. “Globalization-how does the global networks work “(2008).

Claus Reitan (*1954) is a professor, journalist, author and speaker. His major issues and priorities are politics, society, migration, integration and sustainability. Claus Reitan was chief editor of the weekly newspaper Die FURCHE and of the Tiroler Tageszeitung, editor at NEWS and founding chief editor of “Österreich”. As a member of the editor’s association Reitan was co-founder of the new Austrian Press Council. He is co-editor of the manual “Practical Journalism”, engaged in training for journalism (professional ethics and quality journalism), initiated in cooperation with the Integration Fund and Trustees for Journalism Education the seminar series “Flight, Migration and Integration”. Numerous publications: “Society in Transition – change of perspective for Austria” (2014), “Franz Schausberger – politician, historian, European” (2015), “The new population movements – causes of migration” (Fall 2016).

Sonja Sagmeister (*1975) has been lORF correspondent at the EU and NATO in Brussels for a long time. Now she works in the business section of “Zeit im Bild”. She studied in Graz languages and journalism and was appointed as Special Rapporteur about the euro’s introduction in the business section of the “Zeit im Bild”. Later she focused on social and economic reports on EU enlargement. Sagmeister is also known for her investigative reports on the topics like money laundering and the Amis-investors scandal. In collaboration with the German economist Daniel Gros she published the nonfiction “Nachkriegszeiten” in 2010.

Manfred Sauer (*1960) is Protestant superintendent of Carinthia and East Tyrol since 2002. He comes from Bernstein in southern Burgenland and graduated in Oberschützen in 1979, then studied Protestant theology in Vienna and Hamburg. After his vicariate in Zell am See, he held the first pastorate in Portschach at Worthersee. He is particularly interested in art and culture. In the superintendency in Villach he has set up the “Galerie im Markushof” with regular exhibitions and readings. He is co-founder of the European Denk.Raum.Fresach and tolerance conversations.

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