I’m a foreign affairs reporter & correspondent with The Washington Post, based in Berlin.

You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Reach me at: Rick.Noack@washpost.com & Rick.Noack@protonmail.com

I occasionally appear on American, international and German radio or TV to discuss current affairs. (If you have a request, please email postpr (at) washpost (dot) com)

From 2012 until 2015, I studied at Sciences Po Paris (Institut d´études politiques de Paris) in France and Johns Hopkins University in the U.S.

My university courses focused on Economics, International Law and Politics with a special emphasis on the U.S. and the Arab world. In 2014, I received the Aitchison Public Service Fellowship in Government.  From July 2014 until May 2015, I worked as an Arthur F. Burns Fellow at The Washington Post’s headquarters in D.C.

I pursued an MA in Terrorism and International Security at King’s College from 2015 until 2017, while working for The Post and German TV from London.

In 2018, I was part of a Washington Post team that won Germany’s ‘Golden Blogger’ Award for my reporting on the German elections in September 2017. The award recognizes experimentation and excellence in coverage of Germany by foreign news outlets.

My work has appeared on CNN, TIME.com, in German newspapers and magazines such as DER SPIEGEL, Berliner Zeitung, Tagesspiegel, sueddeutsche.deZEIT ONLINE/ ZEIT Magazine. I have also had bylines in The Guardian (weekly edition), Le Monde DiplomatiqueThe Independent, San Francisco ChronicleChicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun, Miami Herald, San Jose Mercury News, Denver Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Diego Union-Tribune, Canada’s Toronto Star, National Post, Ottawa Citizen, Vancouver Sun and Montreal Gazette, the New Zealand Herald, Times of India, South Africa’s Pretoria News, Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald, Financial Review and Canberra Times, Stars and Stripes, Italy’s il Post, the South China Morning Post, Dubai’s Gulf News, Camboda’s Phnom Penh Post, Mexico’s El Economista, Sri Lanka’s Daily Mirror, Norway’s Aftenposten newspaper and Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten newspaper.

Furthermore I have worked as a TV reporter for MDR Television (ARD TV network) both in Dresden and Paris, and appeared on ‘The World’ (BBC/ PRI). During my time at MDR Television I have also reported live on air for affiliates such as Phoenix, WDR as well as DAS ERSTE. I have also worked as a foreign affairs and terrorism correspondent with Germany’s RTL/ N-TV network, based in London.

My reporting for magazines and TV stations after my graduation from high school has taken me to a variety of places – from Haiti, where I covered the country´s struggle to rebuild itself, to Rwanda´s booming capital Kigali, as well as the impoverished rural areas of Burundi.

Here is a selection of my TV packages, radio interviews and articles. Due to copyright constraints I unfortunately cannot republish most of my TV work samples. 


BBC World Service/ Radio Public International: A blogger’s hobby becomes a valuable war reporting tool

The Guardian Weekly: A worrying factor in Ukraine’s chaos

Toronto Star: How Google search trends help explain the chaos of 2014

Toronto Star: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani backs protestersScreen Shot 2015-12-24 at 21.45.47

CNN: Anti-Islam protesters march in Dresden, Germany

CNN: Anti-Islamization leader steps down amid uproar over Hitler selfie (contributed reporting)

CNN: Thousands rally in Berlin for Paris terror victims

Chicago Tribune/ The Washington Post: Germany battling a measles outbreak that is 10 times worse than the one in US

Chicago Tribune: 5 countries where police officers do not carry firearms, and it works well

Chicago Tribune/ The Washington Post: European countries promote procreation as patriotic

The Washington Post: Will sanctions work against Russia? Iran´s experience offers a few clues.

The Washington Post: What your job pays around the world

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The Washington Post: Here’s how the Islamic State compares to real states

The Washington Post: Why Nigeria’s election year may see a spike in pirate attacks 

The Washington Post: What toppled Lenin statues tell us about the crisis in Ukraine

The Washington Post: The reshuffling of Ukrainian rebel leaders may indicate an important change in tactics

The Washington Post: Experts are predicting a famine in South Sudan. Why can’t we stop it?

The Washington Post: South Sudan wants to kick out foreign aid workers, even as a devastating famine looms

The Washington Post: Losing his battle at home, President Hollande fights abroad

The Washington Post: The Republican Party is coming to France

The Washington Post: Could a solar eclipse shut down Europe?

The Washington Post: The long, winding history of American dealings with Iraq’s Kurds

The Washington Post: Six months after abducting Nigerian schoolgirls, Boko Haram reportedly wants to free them 

The Washington Post: Why President Rouhani is supporting thousands of Iranian protesters

The Washington Post: When Obama talks about Iraq, his use of the word ‘genocide’ is vital

The Washington Post: Europe struggles to find consensus on arming Iraq’s Kurds

The Washington Post: What’s behind the astonishing rise of an anti-Islam movement in Germany?


Chicago Tribune/ The Washington Post Sunday edition: The Berlin Wall fell 25 years ago — but Germany is still divided

The Washington Post A1: Standoff in Iraq eases as Maliki’s support crumbles (contributed reporting)

The Washington Post: Meet Haider al-Abadi, the man named Iraq´s new prime minister (contributed reporting)

The Washington Post: The logic of not paying ransoms (contributed reporting)

The Washington Post: BREAKING – U.S. announces end of Cold War with Cuba

The Washington Post: How far will Obama’s support for the Iraqi Kurds go? 

The Washington Post: New Islamic State audio message threatens western countries

The Washington Post: There might be more than 200 female foreign militants in Syria. Are they criminals or victims?

The Washington Post: What would happen if Russia closed its airspace to western airlines?

The Washington Post: Russia’s dangerous game in Europe and the Arctic

The Washington Post: How HIV may spread over the next 15 years

The Washington Post: The world’s muted reaction as bombs fall in Iraq again

The Washington Post: The battle for Kobane, revealed by U.N. satellite imagery

The Washington Post: It isn’t just sanctions. A landmark $50 billion ruling will isolate Russia further.

The Washington Post: What the world thinks of American airstrikes in Syria

The Washington Post: What the world thinks of the American Ebola panic

The Independent (Great Britain): Putin’s biker start European rally as diplomats try to bar their way


The Washington Post: Why Ebola worries the Pentagon

The Washington Post: Germany has its own spying scandals, but don’t expect Berlin to forgive the NSA

The Washington Post: Why do nearly 40 percent of Germans endorse Russia’s annexation of Crimea?

The Washington Post: How Google search trends help explain the chaos of 2014

The Washington Post: 4 simple lessons the world could learn from German reunification

The Washington Post: As heroic woman is buried, Germans ask: Would we have been as courageous? 

The Washington Post: These walls and fences continue to separate the world

The Washington Post: Has the era of the ‘climate change refugee’ begun? 

The Washington Post: Why South Korea predicts its end will come in 2750

The Washington Post: How the U.S. is falling short as Syria’s humanitarian crisis rages

The Washington Post: How different are Americans and Russians, anyway?

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The Washington Post: Islamic State just one of many al-Qaeda offshoots in the Middle East

The Washington Post: French wonder if Islamic State executioner is one of their own

The Washington Post: Why the Islamic State is interested in Iceland

The Washington Post: 7 reasons why we should not be celebrating on Human Rights Day

The Washington Post: Most countries are against torture — but most have also been accused of it

The Washington Post: New report reveals the extent of global modern slavery

The Washington Post: Are the current protests in Hong Kong the most well-designed in recent memory?

The Washington Post: A worrying factor in Ukraine’s chaos: 15 nuclear reactors

The Washington Post: Why Germany (and Europe) fears Uber

The Washington Post: A German political party wants immigrants to stop speaking foreign languages — at home

The Washington Post: Germany’s right-wing protesters accidentally march against right-wing extremism

The Washington Post: To some, the E.U.’s deadly border is the new Berlin Wall

The Washington Post: As number of refugees is growing, some countries have started to sell their citizenship

The Washington Post: For Rome’s mafia, more refugees means more money

The Washington Post: Denmark stakes its claim in the war for the North Pole

The Washington Post: How Europe is greener now than 100 years ago

The Washington Post: South Korea approves plan for new Christmas tree to annoy North Korea

The Washington Post: In Burma, it’s a crime to put headphones on the Buddha

The Washington Post: How the rest of the world sees Ferguson                             (+ Liveblog on events in Ferguson)

The Washington Post: The African leaders who haven’t been invited to D.C. – and the surprising ones who were

The Washington Post: In the land of wine, France proposes clampdown on binge drinking

The Washington Post: The world’s awful summer, in numbers

The Washington Post: 7 school shootings that shocked the world

The Washington Post: The most prominent enemy of Uzbekistan’s dictator: his daughter

The Washington Post: New photos show Uzbekistan’s ‘jailed princess’ allegedly being harassed by guards

The Washington Post: The long, grim history of U.N. peacekeepers caught in the crossfire

The Washington Post: The ‘world’s most humane’ prison system is so overcrowded, it’s now sending criminals abroad

The Washington Post: Armed men attack motorcade of Saudi prince in Paris

The Washington Post: If Scotland breaks away, these 8 places in Europe could be next

The Washington Post: A timeline of Gaza’s failed, forgotten cease-fires

The Washington Post: Here’s how to track terrorists on Google Earth

The Washington Post: Why a protester wore a Ku Klux Klan outfit to Australia’s parliament

The Washington Post: This war video game is not about the shooters. It’s about the victims

The Washington Post: The Mediterranean town where houses are on sale for less than $2

The Washington Post: The countries that have been hardest hit by extreme weather

The Washington Post: Foreign Christmas traditions that Americans may want to adopt

The Washington Post: Around the world, drones have changed the way we see protests

The Washington Post: The role of insults in world politics

The Washington Post: Vladimir Putin – a tough guy who loves cute animals

The Washington Post: 7 countries where Americans can study at universities, in English, for free

The Washington Post: ‘Spice’ – the drug that is killing people in Russia

The Washington Post: The Eye of Sauron that was set to loom over Moscow has been scrapped

The Washington Post: Polish company says Nazi-toys are a ‘fun way’ to learn about history

The Washington Post: How a Nazi-era sports stadium in Berlin became Turkey´s largest polling station

The Washington Post: What the world thinks of Obama’s plan to fight the Islamic State

The Washington Post: Secret video shows what life is like inside the heartland of the Islamic State 

The Washington Post: Could using gay dating app Grindr get you arrested in Egypt?

The Washington Post: Ukraine’s vibrant, if worrying, political culture

The Washington Post: French village causes anti-Semitism debate

The Washington Post: France investigates a secret “tax” that targets women

The Washington Post: How Twitter’s geolocation settings embarrassed the Taliban

The Washington Post: See who’s winning (and who’s not) — country by country

The Washington Post: The French war on American-style free soda refills

The Washington Post: Friends pay tribute to James Foley, U.S. journalist killed by Islamic State militants

The Washington Post: The Ice Bucket Challenge has taken on a whole new life in Gaza

The Washington Post: A Chinese city is asking smartphone users to walk in their own sidewalk lane

The Washington Post: How a Facebook group in Kenya is shaming deadbeat parents

The Washington Post: German politicians want traffic lights look more like women

The Washington Post: German town plays prank on neo-Nazis

The Washington Post: 400 gnomes disappeared in Austria, and it’s causing a political scandal

The Washington Post: How Europe’s governments are trying to artificially raise their GDP

The Washington Post: The crisis in Ukraine, as told by leaked phone calls (contributed reporting)

The Washington Post: What the world is doing to stop Ebola (contributed reporting)

The Washington Post: What in the world, this week (contributed)

The Washington Post: Lebanese activists are prosecuted for burning Islamic State flags

The Washington Post: The real loser in Ukraine’s election

The Washington Post: The expletive-filled presidential interview that has all of the Czech Republic embarrassed

The Washington Post: Test your knowledge of world leaders as they gather at the U.N. in New York

The Washington Post: To some in the Middle East, the Islamic State is a joke

The Washington Post: Australia’s prime minister threatens to body-slam Russia’s Putin

The Washington Post: Even an E.U. flag sparks Islamist terrorism worries in Northern Ireland

ZEIT Magazin (Digital): Hört auf, mich Ossi zu nennen

DER SPIEGEL: Entdeckung der Langsamkeit (Deutschland)

DER SPIEGEL: Bewerben um Bewerber (Deutschland)

DER SPIEGEL (Mitarbeit):  Zweifelhafte Mode

SPIEGEL WISSEN: Die Rasselbande. Macht Musik aus Kindern kleine Mozarts? (Ausgabe 3 in 2011, Seite 46 bis 47)

SPIEGEL WISSEN: “Ich brauch doch gute Noten!” Ist das Bildungssystem daran schuld, dass viele Studenten unter dem Druck des gesteigerten Leistungstempos leiden? (Ausgabe 1 in 2012, Seite 54 bis 57)

SPIEGEL WISSEN: Online verliebt, offline enttäuscht. Wie das Internet die erste Liebe verändert. (Ausgabe 2 in 2012, Seite 66 – 69)

DER SPIEGEL / UniSPIEGEL-Beilage: Flucht von der Insel. Immer mehr Briten wollen in Deutschland studieren. (Ausgabe 3/ 12 – Seite 18)

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Her mit den schlauen Briten 

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Haiti nach dem Jahrhundertbeben

DER SPIEGEL International – More English seek University Bargains in Germany

CNN.com: Thousands more forced from home by Germany flooding

CNN.com: Police arrest 2 over possible bomb plot in Germany (Breaking News coverage)

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CNN.com: Merkel seeks urgent action on debt crisis (Lead story, CNN.com International edition)

CNN.com: WWII bombs defused allowing 45,000 evacuated residents to return (Lead story, CNN.com International edition; US edition)

CNNMexico.com: Evacuan a 45,000 alemanes tras hallar bombas de la Segunda Guerra Mundial

CNN.com: Panoramic views of the ancient world — in modern-day Germany (World´s Treasures)

CNN.com: German neo-Nazi terror cell linked to 10 murders (World)

CNN.com: New German database to help track neo-Nazis, other extremists (World)

CNN.com: Pope visits Germany (World)

CNN.com: Hundreds of wounded Libyans to be treated in Germany (World)

CNN.com: Merkel and Sarkozy want to change EU treaties (World)

CNN Money: Euro debt crisis solution on horizon (Business News)

CNN.com MEXICO: La policía alemana arresta a dos hombres sospechosos de planear un ataque (Mundo)

CNN.com: Facebook faces privacy concerns in Germany over “like” button (Tech)

CNN.com: Belgium music festival canceled after stage collapse kills 5 (World)

CNN.com: Bodies of missing Germans found in Afghanistan (World)

CNN.com: More car burnings hit Berlin neighborhoods (World)

CNN.com: Two Germans missing in Afghanistan (Asia)

CNN.com: Man investigated for allegedly raping his mentally disabled daughters (World)

CNN.com: Major oil strike discovered in the North Sea (World)

CNN.com: Scientists develop world´s smallest steam engine (World)

CNN.com: Police: 100 snakes found in German hotel (World) – (Chicago Tribune)

CNN.com: Seized Patriot missiles are legal shipment, Germany says (World) and “This Just In”

CNN.com: Prime minister promises Greece will “fight its way back to growth” (Business)

CNN.com: Germany approves expansion of European bailout fund (World Business)

CNN MONEY: Germans approve European bailout fund – (“Yahoo Finance“)

THE EUROPEAN: Africa´s Rise – On Shaky Ground (Bpb, Sicherheitspolitische Presseschau)

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Ruanda – Weltverbesserung für Profis (Entwicklungshilfe)

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Dresden geht übers Wasser (Kultur)

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Hilfe, mein Lehrer ist im Internet! (Schule)

SPIEGEL TV ONLINE: Mit kübelweise Gel zum YouTube-Guru

SPIEGEL ONLINE: (Aufstand in Ägypten) Deutsch-ägyptischer Blogger: Hier geht es ums Überleben

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Simson-Treffen in Zwickau (Auto)

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Demo gegen Urheberrechte: “Wir schauen alle kino.to”

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Junge Programmierer: Algorithmen am Strand Kaliforniens

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Ricks Abiblog (2011/ die letzte von insgesamt sechs Folgen)

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Übersicht über alle meine Artikel

Berliner Zeitung: “Gott wollte es, dann ist es halt so.” (US-Wahlkampf 2008)

Berliner Zeitung:  Der öffentliche Mann (Auslandsreportage aus den USA)

Tagesspiegel: Zwischen Schule und Schaubühne

ZEIT für Euch (Videoblog): Glückwunsch Deutschland

Das Parlament:  Da blinkt was

ZEIT ONLINE: Haiti – Ein Katastrophenland träumt vom Touristenboom

ZEIT ONLINE: Deutsche Unis tasten sich ins Internet

ZEIT ONLINE: Freie Fahrt für freie Bürger

ZEIT ONLINE: Ohne Deutsch kein Job

Sächsische Zeitung: Pixel können nicht einfach so sterben

TIME.com:  The Queen: Tightening the Belt in Cash-Strapped Britain

TIME.com: Germany deals with extreme heat

TIME.com: Paul the Octopus inspires an iPhone Application

TIME.com: Cambridge Grad Convicted on Tome-Thieving Carge

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