Richard Gutjahr is a German freelance journalist.
He is a regular contributor to ARD, the biggest German public Radio and TV network, where he has worked for two local outlets: WDR located in Cologne and Düsseldorf, and Bavarian TV, where he presents the daily news. He has also held assignments from CNN and Süddeutsche Zeitung. He writes regular columns for Rheinische Post in Düsseldorf, Tagesspiegel in Berlin as well as for various specialized magazines. Since 2018 Gutjahr is co-founder and editor-in-chief of emobly.com, an online platform for electromobility.
Gutjahr has been awarded a number of renowned prizes for his work, such as Ernst-Schneider-Preis for business journalism in 2006, and he was named Net Journalist of the Year in 2012 by Zeit Online, as well as Journalist of the Year in 2011 by Medium Magazin. In 2013 Grimme Institut, a media think-tank, awarded him a lifetime achievement award for the first time in its history, saying that “… democratic society has benefitted from his analyses and ideas, as well as from the projects he initiated … ” DER SPIEGEL (10/2015) commented on Gutjahr’s activities: “If you want to call a tsunami what has come over the media throughout these past years, blogger Richard Gutjahr is one of the few who are happily surfing this destructive wave.”
Richard Gutjahr graduated from Deutsche Journalistenschule in Munich in 1998. Parallel to his course there he also read political science and communications studies at Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich.