ARCHIV - 12.07.2006, Demokratische Republik Kongo, Kinshasa: Antonia Rados, Auslands-Reporterin, berichtet von der Ankunft von Bundeswehrsoldaten im Kongo. Die preisgekrönte Auslands-Reporterin Antonia Rados beendet ihre Karriere nach mehr als 25 Jahren bei RTL. Foto: Maurizio Gambarini/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

Was she the first? Antonia Rados was certainly one of the first journalists who didn’t want to work for a station but out in the world. Antonia Rados has worked for RTL and ntv for more than 25 years. The 69-year-old has shown that private television, if it wants to, can provide information – and more than that, reportage. Rados has gone to the hot spots of the world. At the latest, her live reporting from Baghdad during the Iraq war in 2003 drew the attention of a wide audience. For this she was awarded the Hanns-Joachim-Friedrichs-Prize for television journalism. Her reportage “Fire Death” about Afghan women who set themselves on fire also won an award, for which she received the Robert Geisendörfer Prize in 2007. In 2019 she was awarded the German Television Prize for her NTV report “Jemen’s slow death”. She recently reported from Ukraine.

Antonia Rados always took a close look, making both political and everyday life in the crisis regions approachable and transparent. She wanted to know more, show more, touchdown journalism was alien to her.

The Austrian began her journalistic career in 1978 at the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation. In the early 1990s she became a special correspondent for WDR. From 1993 Rados was in action for RTL. In 2008, the journalist went to ZDF as a special correspondent. Just one year later, Rados returned to RTL and has been the chief reporter abroad for the Cologne broadcaster ever since. She drew a trail in which the private broadcaster could build up its news efforts.