Cathrin Kahlweit was born 1959 in Göttingen, Lower Saxony, Germany. She studied Politcal Science and Russian in Eugene (University of Oregon, USA), in Moscow (Pushkin Institute), in Tuebingen and Goettingen. From 1985-1987 she was a Trainee at Dresdner Bank, after that finished her education at Gruner & Jahr Journalism School in Hamburg. After a short time as a free lance journalist Cathrin Kahlweit joined the foreign desk of Sueddeutsche Zeitung in 1989 – first as an editor for Eastern Europe. For about 20 years Cathrin worked for different sections of the paper – as a domestic correpondent in Frankfurt, as a reporter for domestic politics, as editor of „Page 2, topics of the day“, before she left Sueddeutsche Zeitung for a year and worked for the talkshow „Anne Will“ – only to return to the foreign desk of SZ in 2009. In 2012, Cathrin moved to Vienna as foreign correspondent for Central Eastern Europe, covering Ukraine, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia and Austria. Since 2017 she lives in London as SZ-correspondent for the United Kingdom and Ireland. Cathrin is married and has three grown up children.
Cathrin Kahlweit was selected for the 2018 European Press Prize shortlist with ‘Story without an ending‘