is editor for WDR (
Westdeutschen Rundfunk) and since December
2015 has overseen the network’s
web and social media news channel for refugees arriving in Germany.
She is also also an international news presenter for the program "Weltspiegel" for ARD, one of Germany's leading national broadcasters. Prior to creating WDRforyou, Schayani served as New York correspondent for ARD.
studied international law, modern history and Oriental studies at the
University of Bonn with a concentration in Islamic law. In 1985, she
started first as a reporter then became a news presenter for public radio (WDR,
Cologne). Later, she hosted the children’s television news show
(ZDF) and wrote for the German national newspapers Frankfurter Allgemeine
Zeitung, Süddeutsche Zeitung and Die Tageszeitung. In 1996, she started working
as a TV reporter and editor for the morning program on ARD, Germany’s largest
national broadcaster. She then developed and hosted
Cosmo TV, a TV
program for immigrants. From 2005 until 2014, Isabel was a reporter and one of
the executive producers for the investigative television program
Isabel Schayani received the Deutscher Sozialpreis 2014 and was nominated for
the CIVIS Media Prize for her documentary
New Slums of Germany about
Roma migrants. She received the Hartmannbund Film Prize for an investigation
about shoddy practices in joint replacement surgeries.
This information is
accurate for the time period that the scholar is affiliated with CES.
Project Leader, WDRforyou
Editor, Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)
John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow 2017, CES, Harvard