Judith Brandner

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I have been a devoted radio journalist since 1984. My broadcasts can be heard on Ö1, the cultural division of the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, ORF, but also on other stations such as DRS2 in Switzerland and SWR2 or Deutschlandradio in Germany. I regularly present the live morning programme „Radiokolleg“ on Ö1 and produce features on topics pertaining to science, politics and culture. As often as possible I travel to Japan to research socio-political topics for radio programmes as well as newspaper articles. My coverage of Japan appears regularly in the weekend edition of the Austrian daily newspaper Die Presse/Spectrum.

2011 and 2012 series of my reports from Japan have been published by Picus publishing company in Vienna. Michitani published a Japanese translation.

In 2014 "Zu Hause in Fukushima" (At Home in Fukushima) was published by Kremayr&Scheriau. This book contains 13 portraits of people living in Fukushima or having a strong affiliation to the place. Cooperation with the Japanese photographer Katsuhiro Ichikawa.

I also lecture radio journalism at various universities and an Adult Evening School in Vienna and give various presentations.

For further informations please return to the German language page


Curriculum vitae

Born in Salzburg, April 15th, 1963

Professional Experience:

1997 to present: radiojournalist and writer

Publications/Broadcasts in:

ORF/Ö1 - Austrian Broadcasting Corporation,Vienna

SRG/DRS2 - Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, Basel

SWR2 – German Broadcasting Corporation, Baden-Baden

HR – German Broadcasting Corporation, Frankfurt/Main

RAI Bozen – Italian Broadcasting Corporation, Bozen

Spectrum/ Die Presse; Welt der Frau; Literatur und Kritik;

Die Zeit; Gazette; Die Furche; Südwind Magazin and others


1995 to present: Lecturer in radio journalism at

Adult Education School „polycollege“, Vienna

1985 -1997: Editor, Radio Austria International, Vienna

1987/88: Secretary of The Austrian Trade Commissioner

Austrian Embassy/Trade Commission Tokyo, Japan

1994/95: Foreign Correspondent in Kyoto/Japan

2002:  Lecturer at University of Vienna/ Institute of East Asian Studies

2009 and 2011:  Visiting Professor at Nagoya City University, Japan


1981: Graduation from High School, Bundesrealgymnasium Salzburg

1981-87: University of Vienna/Department of Translating and Interpreting;

Institute of Japanese Cultural Studies: Academically Trained Translator (English and Japanese)

2004: University of Vienna, Institute of East Asian Studies: Bachelor in Japanese Cultural Studies and Translation Sciences


1998 Human Rights Award in journalism by the Austrian pressclub “Concordia”

2005 Herta Pammer Award for publications on women’s rights

2005 Media Award of the Austrian Standards Institute for publications on standards

2006 Familia - Award for publications in the interests of family-life

2008 Prälat Leopold Ungar Preis – Award for socially engaged journalism

2009 Journalist Award of the Austrian Hunting Association

2012 Nomination for the Austrian Dr. Karl Renner Award

2013 Verkauf-Verlon Award for anti-fascist publications