Isabel Schayani is a correspondent at the New York bureau of ARD German Television where she covers the United Nations, New York City and Canada.
She studied international law, modern history and Oriental studies at the University of Bonn, Germany, 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 LOGO (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 Monitor. Her reports on migration were highly acclaimed and received numerous awards. Before she moved to New York, she contributed as a commentator to Tagesthemen, a nightly news program on the ARD network. 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. Isabel has been active in refugee resettlement and has worked with teenagers in community service projects. Her youth groups started a cooperation with children in the Democratic Republic of Congo and produced several theatre plays and films. She published a book about Iran and the origins of the Baha’i religion together with Christoph Bürgel, and writes children’s stories. Isabel is married and has three children.