Middle East Expert, Crisis Reporter

The Austrian Antonia Rados (born in 1953) is one of the most popular foreign correspondents in German television. In particular, the reports of the Iraq war in 2003 and the democratic developments in North Africa and the Middle East in the spring of 2011, which were often broadcasted live under dangerous conditions, brought Antonia international recognition.

Speaking Topics

  • Danger, Risk and Courage: The Life of a Crisis Reporter
  • Middle East
  • How to Deal with Fears

After she finished her studies in political science in Salzburg, Paris and Bologna, Rados began as a freelancer at ORF in 1979 as well as reporting in Lebanon and Iran. In 1989, she reported from Eastern Europe, including the revolution in Romania in December 1989. After working three years as a special correspondent for ARD she moved to RTL in 1993, and in 1995 was named director of the RTL office in Paris. A year later she was the chief foreign correspondent for the channel. In early 2008, she switched to ZDF. Rados supported the team of the Journal Today (orig. Heute Journal) by Claus Kleber and would travel to do reports and documentaries at global hot spots. In the autumn of 2008 she returned to RTL. Since 2009 she has been the chief reporter of issues abroad for the Media Group RTL.

Antonia is well known as a crisis reporter and Middle East expert through her dedicated reports from war zones.

She has received many awards, including in both 1991 and 2003, a Romy for the Gulf War report and for the documentary “Our Friend Saddam”, a co-production with ARTE. In Germany in 2003, she received the Hanns Joachim Friedrichs Prize and the German Television Award for the best-Iraq reports. In 2007 she received the Robert Geisendörfer prize and the Great Camera Award for the documentary “Death By Fire”. In 2010, Antonia also received the radio Rainbow Award as ” Media Woman of the Year”.