Katja Gloger studied Eastern European history, Political science and Slavic studies in Hamburg and Moscow. After graduating from the German School of Journalism in Munich, she became a TV-reporter for WDR Radio and Television in Cologne. From 1989 on she was based as correspondent for the weekly Stern in Moscow.. Gloger interviewed Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin, whom she accompanied for months as the first Western correspondent. She later headed the foreign desk of Stern and was posted as senior political correspondent to Washington, D.C.
Honored with the Henri-Nannen-Award and named political “Journalist of the Year” she now works as a freelance journalist and book author focusing on Russia and Security Policy. Her books include Putin’s World: The New Russia, Ukraine and the West; Stranger Friends: Germans and Russians. The Story of a Fateful Relationship and the bestseller Outbreak: Insights into a Pandemic.
She is a regular guest on German radio and television, panelist and moderator of discussions on Russia and international affairs. In her honorary capacity, she is Spokesperson and Executive Member of the Board of RSF Reporters without Borders, Germany. She lives in Berlin.