Der Tagesspiegel (meaning The Daily Mirror; motto: "rerum cognoscere
causas", or "to know the causes of things") is a German daily
newspaper. It has regional correspondent offices in Washington D.C.
and Potsdam. It is the only major newspaper in the capital to have
increased its circulation—now 148,000—since
History and profile
Founded on 27 September 1945 by Erik Reger, Walther Karsch, and Edwin
Redslob the Tagesspiegel's main office is based in Berlin at
Askanischer Platz in the district of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, less
than a mile from
Potsdamer Platz and the former location of the Berlin
For more than 45 years,
Der Tagesspiegel was owned by an independent
trust. In 1993, in response to an increasingly competitive publishing
environment, and to attract investments required for technical
modernization, such as commission of a new printing plant, and
improved distribution, it was bought by the Georg von Holtzbrinck
Publishing Group. Its current publisher is
Dieter von Holtzbrinck with
editors in chief Stephan-Andreas Casdorff and Lorenz
Maroldt (de). Lorenz Maroldt was noted for using the unfortunate
phrase 'entartete' (degenerated) Werkstatt der Kulturen, when
describing a multi-ethnic cultural institution in Berlin. Pierre
Giovanni di Lorenzo
Giovanni di Lorenzo and Hermann Rudolph are editors of the
newspaper. Some of the notable writers include
Bas Kast and Harald
The paper's main readership is in the western half of the city, due to
the 1948 blockade having stopped its circulation in East
Brandenburg. The paper has recently been redesigned, introducing more
color and a clearer typeface. In 2005 it was awarded the World's
Best-Designed Newspapers Award by the
Society for News Design in New
York. It is owned by Verlag
Der Tagesspiegel GmbH, a member of the
Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, and associated with the Wall
Street Journal. In 2009,
Dieter von Holtzbrinck bought Der
Tagesspiegel and Handelsblatt from Holtzbrinck.
From 2005 to 2008, American journalist Michael Scaturro edited the
English-language version of Der Tagesspiegel, which was known as The
In 2007 and 2008 Der Tagesspiegel's
Washington D.C. correspondent,
Christoph von Marschall, was noted in both Germany and the United
States for his coverage of Barack Obama's presidential campaign. He
wrote a book entitled
Barack Obama – Der schwarze Kennedy. The
literal translation of its German title is "
Barack Obama – the Black
Kennedy". His book was a bestseller in Germany, where other
commentators had also compared the two Americans.
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