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Markus Wanzeck

Markus Wanzeck


phone: +49 (0) 71 51-96 46 0

Autor / Hamburg

Environment, social issues, China & Asia


Born in 1979, studied philosophy and sociology in Munich and Sydney, attended the Zeitenspiegel Reportageschule, works at Zeitenspiegel HQ in Weinstadt. His customers include high-end German glossies such as brand eins and Cicero and the prestigious weekly Die Zeit. He has been managing editor of the magazine natur since 2014.

He also chairs the German-Chinese Media Network.


  • 2016 nomination for the Henri Nannen Prize / Egon Erwin Kisch Prize
  • 2014 nomination for the German Reporter Prize as “Best freelance reporter”
  • 2014 German-Asian Journalist Fellowship of the International Journalists’ Programmes (IJP)
  • 2012 nomination for the Kindernothilfe Media Award
  • 2011 Gabriel Grüner Grant
  • 2010 grant from the German Foreign Ministry to report from China (“Germany and China – Moving ahead together”)
  • 2009 kontext research grant
  • 2009 Media Ambassadors China-Germany grant (Robert Bosch Foundation/Hamburg Media School)
  • 2008 Selected as one of Germany’s “Top 30 under 30” journalists by Medium Magazin
  • 2007 Marion Dönhoff award (Robert Bosch Foundation)



The murderers are back

Erschienen in "Cicero", Dezember 2011. Fotos: Éric Vazzoler

Rwanda has been a wounded nation since the 1994 genocide. A portrait of a small NGO that tries to reconcile killers and survivors.



Child labor that kills

Appeared in Neon, March 2011

Tens of thousands of children in Malawi work harvesting and processing tobacco. Skin contact with the leaves makes them ill. But they have no other option. Malawi is a nicotine addict.

sb_Tu was für dein Geld


The dignity of lepers

Appeared in "brand eins", 27.08.2010

Marianne Grosspietsch visited Nepal. Shocked, she founded an aid organization. With humor and determination, she has built an organization where lepers can make a living.