About Me

Portraitfoto Christian Schwägerl

Foto: Merkau

I am a journalist in the fields of science, environment and politics, co-founder of RiffReporter eG and managing partner of the non-profit Riff freie Medien gGmbH, which promotes investigation, journalistic quality assurance and media education.

After training at the German School of Journalism and studying biology, I worked as a political correspondent for the Berliner Zeitung (1997-2001), as a feature, politics and science correspondent for the FAZ (2001-2008), and as a political correspondent in the federal bureau of SPIEGEL (2008-2012).

My books include “Menschenzeit” on the Anthropocene, “11 threatening wars” on global conflict risks (with Andreas Rinke), and “Analoge Revolution” on the future of digital technologies. Since 2014, I have been leading the “Masterclass Science Journalism” funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

I have received awards for my work, including the Körber Foundation’s Herbert von Weichmann Award for Young Journalists (1988), the Georg von Holtzbrinck Prize for Science Journalism (2007), the Econsense Award for Environmental Journalism from the German Business Association (2008), and the Otto Brenner Award for Critical Journalism (2020, with J. Budde).

With the RiffReporter team, I received the Netzwende Award (2017), the Science Journalist of the Year Award (2017, with Tanja Krämer), the Grimme Online Award (2018), and the UmweltMedienpreis (2021).

I was co-founder of the “Anthropocene Project” at the Haus der Kulturen and co-curator of the Anthropocene exhibition at the Deutsches Museum, as well as journalist-in-residence at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in 2016/17, Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), and Kellen Fellow at the American Council on Germany.

From 2008 to 2017, I served on the jury of the Körber Foundation’s German Studies Award for the best doctoral dissertations and from 2013 to 2020 on the jury of the Opus-Primum-Förderpreis of the independent Volkswagen Foundation for the best book publication of the year penned by a young scholar. Since 2020, I have been a member of the jury for the Karl Preusker Medal of the Federation of German Library Associations (BID).

At RiffReporter, I publish in the team projects “Flight Attendants,” “Anthropocene,” “Energy – but how?”, “tiefblau,” “Science & Politics,” “War & Peace,” and in the special project “Countdown Nature.”

My last name is pronounced like seagull with “Schw” (like in Schwarzenegger) instead of S at the beginning: Schw-eagull


Twitter @chrschwaegerl