“Why in the world did you leave California?” I’ve been asked that everywhere I’ve lived, from Indiana to New York, and Vienna to Bonn.

The answer is in the question: “The world” is small and inviting. And, most importantly, it’s full of fascinating people.

I’m passionate about connecting with people. That’s what drives my career as a television host and journalist, and what fueled my studies as a classical pianist. I’ve also spent over a decade finding out how Germans tick. (They’re funnier than you might think and they don’t all wear lederhosen.)

I separate my trash, complain about the weather, and eat cake on Sundays like the Germans. But I can’t deny my ambitious, risk-taking American roots. I’m neither German, nor American. Or perhaps I’m both. Frankly, it doesn’t matter:

I’m just Kate.

This site is about people, and how we communicate through language, music and culture.

I’d love to connect with you here.

Just Germany

#thoseGermans: Germans constantly find reasons to drink sparkling wine before noon and prefer spandex when riding their e-bike on a Sunday afternoon, but wouldn't dare cross the street when the light is red and have a hard time saying "squirrel."

#germany24 portrays everyday life in Germany based on one simple question: What was the most meaningful thing you've done in the past 24 hours?

Recent YouTube Videos

I'm still trying to figure out #thoseGermans and their (sometimes downright hilarious) language, even after spending over a decade in Germany (yes, I ditched sunny California for this). Join me on the journey here and at on YouTube. I also post on awesome German words (seriously, there are hundreds!) and PopXport, the German pop music show I host for Deutsche Welle, Germany's international broadcaster.

Film Projects

How is BIG DATA impacting what and how we read? This highly pressing issue is what we explored on both sides of the Atlantic in DW's gripping documentary feature, Gutenberg in the Cyberstorm. I am the on-camera reporter in both the English and German version of the film, which we shot in Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Weimar, Frankfurt, and Mainz. Internet experts Jeff Jarvis and Jaron Lanier, and science-fiction authors Marc Elsberg and Daniel Suarez are among the prestigious personalities featured in the cinematically filmed documentary, which was directed by Susanne Lenz-Gleißner.

Watch the English version here: Gutenberg in the Cyberstorm

Watch the German version here: Gutenberg im Cyberstorm

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Los Angeles

LA’s most famous canal – the backdrop for films like “The Italian Job” and “Terminator” – provided the perfect atmosphere for futuristic scenes.

Watch "Gutenberg in the Cyberstorm"
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Hamburg

Hamburg’s harbour is a symbol of transatlantic trade. But what will TTIP do to the way we consume culture?

TV Host

I host Deutsche Welle's German music show, PopXport. Each week, we bring you the latest from the German pop music scene, including established heavyweights like Rammstein and Nena and promising newcomers from Glasperlenspiel to Andreas Bourani. Whether you're into rap, ethno-pop or techno, there's something for you in every show. (Plus you can win great music every week!)


Visit the PopXport website for the latest edition.

Live Events

Communicating with a live audience is particularly energizing, whether in person or on camera. The adrenaline rises and anything can happen. I've had the privelege of hosting live events for UNESCO and the Global Media Forum, as well as making appearances on live German television. 

June 2016

At the Haus der Deutschen Wirtschaft in Berlin, I hosted the conference “UNESCO and the Private Sector,” which saw UNESCO, the German Commission for UNESCO and representatives of top companies like Microsoft and Danone come together to discuss collaboration opportunities.

June 2016

How can arts and culture change politics? I hosted a keynote panel at the 2016 Global Media Forum, featuring Samy Deluxe, Germany’s most successful rapper, German-Eritrean singer Fetsum, Iraqi comedian Ahmed Albasheer and others.

June/July 2015

I hosted the opening ceremony of the 39th UNESCO World Heritage Committee session in Bonn, Germany. Watch a brief excerpt here. As part of the conference, I also hosted the World Heritage Partners panel discussion.

July 2014

I hosted the Transatlantic Talk at Deutsche Welle’s 2014 Global Media Forum, focusing on the impact of the NSA affair on transatlantic ties. Watch an excerpt from the panel discussion here.

July 2013

I provided live commentary in German for German broadcaster Phoenix over the course of President Barack Obama’s day-long visit to Berlin.

May 2013

I was a guest on German broadcaster Phoenix’s show, “Frühschoppen,” to discuss the consequences of an ageing Europe. Watch the panel here.

What’s is like to grow up black in Germany or play the piano amidst the rubble of the Syrian civil war? Watch the Global Media Forum’s 2016 panel on the power of arts to impact politics. 

How can Europe deal with changing demographics? I weigh in on the talk show “Internationaler Frühschoppen” on German broadcaster Phoenix.

Music

In Junior High and High School, other kids would hang out at the mall after class. I went home and spent three hours at the piano practicing Czerny exercises, Bach Partitas and Beethoven Concertos. That led to a few solo performances with orchestra and a degree in Piano Performance at one of the best music schools in the world, Indiana University (Bloomington). There, I developed a passion for German Lied accompaniment, the connection between music and language, and the age-old tradition of the Salon.

German pop music may seem a far cry away from scales and metronomes, but many of today's German-language artists haven't strayed that far from the songs of Schumann and Brahms: They also enhance the natural precision and complexity of the German language by embedding it in melodies and harmonies.

As former host/producer of Deutsche Welle's youth radio show, Pulse, I especially enjoyed getting to know not only some of the country's most exciting up-and-coming talents, but also some of its biggest names. Here are a few highlights:

German band Revolverheld sings the stories of their generation (online version)

Revolverheld confess they believe in true love (radio version)

Maxim's songwriting births urban mystery (online interview)

Muso reshapes German rap

Germany's rap scene harmoniously divides

Jaqee: 'People should dance more'

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Revolverheld

I met Revolverheld in Cologne at the start of their “Immer in Bewegung” tour.

Cheryl Green

Cheryl’s video of her visit in the Pulse studio.





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Maxim

Maxim live in the Pulse studio.