Born in 1962 into a winemaking dynasty. Trained as a journalist at the Waiblinger Kreiszeitung before taking a year off to travel. Co-founder of Zeitenspiegel. Specialist for Latin America. Stern correspondent for Baden-Württemberg since 1994, with a focus on educational and societal issues. Her book Kalte Kinder (cold-hearted children) is published by Herder.