Frank Brunner first trained as a cook, catering concerts and touring Europe with a punk rock band before settling down to study political science, philosophy and journalism at the Free University in Berlin. He was hired as a researcher by DER SPIEGEL and served as an editor there for two years. As a free-lancer he has worked for Berliner Zeitung, Tagesspiegel, ZEIT online, SPIEGEL online, Tageszeitung, and Diagonal (in Spain), among others. In 2010 he received the Otto Brenner grant to support investigations in critical journalism. He joined Zeitenspiegel in December 2012 and has since co-authored the book “Geheimsache NSU” about the neo-Nazi serial killer ring whose putative sole survivor is now on trial.