Claus Biegert was born in 1947 in Murnau am Staffelsee. He trained to become an editor of an evening newspaper in Munich. Since 1973 he has taken regular trips to visit Indian communities in Canada and the United States. The situation of indigenous peoples in the nuclear age is the focus of his work in radio features, TV films and books. He does not see himself as a typical journalist. “If reporting is not enough for me, then I turn into an activist.”
It was as an activist that he initiated the World Uranium Hearing, a week long world conference in Salzburg, and in 1998 the Nuclear-Free Future Award. This award honours those who have dedicated themselves to a future free of nuclear weapons and nuclear energy. Since 2000 this prize has been awarded in cooperation with IPPNW Germany.
Claus Biegert also works for Bavarian Radio and writes regularly for the magazine natur & kosmos. He teaches at the German School of Journalism in Munich and sits on the Advisory Board of the Society for Endangered Peoples.
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