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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.
My work has appeared on CNN, TIME.com, in German newspapers and magazines such as DER SPIEGEL, Berliner Zeitung, Tagesspiegel, sueddeutsche.de, ZEIT ONLINE/ ZEIT Magazine. I have also had bylines in The Guardian (weekly edition), Le Monde Diplomatique, The Independent, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago 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.
Contact: Rick.Noack (at) gmail (dot) com / Rick.Noack (at) washpost (dot) com
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 protesters
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
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?
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)
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