Karin Helmstaedt

Journalist / Presenter / Moderator


Born 29.12.1966 in Fredericton, Canada

Resides in Berlin, Germany

Married, two children

Dual citizenship German/Canadian

Fluent in English, French, German


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Professional experience


2003 – present: Presenter of euromaxx – DW-TV’s flagship magazine on culture and lifestyle in Europe; special event moderator


1999 – 2003: Presenter of Germany Today – daily news magazine,

DW-TV, Berlin


1999: Contribution to book Anklage: Kinderdoping, Tenea Verlag, Berlin


1998 – 2000: Coverage of landmark Doping Trials in Berlin, Germany


1997: Co-author of prize-winning documentary film Staatsgeheimnis Kinderdoping (ARD) detailing state-ordered doping of minor athletes in the former East Germany


1997: Press Officer for FINA Swimming World Cup (7-leg series in Beijing, Hong Kong, Espoo, Malmö, Glasgow, Gelsenkirchen, Imperia, Paris)


1993 – 2000: International correspondent for Swimnews Magazine (Toronto), covered every major aquatic competition, including World Championships (1994 Rome, 1998 Perth) and 1996 Olympic Games (Atlanta).


since 1993: Freelance journalist and contributor to numerous publications (The Globe and Mail, National Post, The Irish Times, The Sunday Tribune, The Whig Standard, The Ottawa Citizen, L’Équipe, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated)



Event & Conference moderation

  • European Communication Summit (Brussels) 2011
  • European Human Resources Summit (Berlin) 2011
  • Deutscher Preis für Onlinekommunikation, (Berlin) 2011
  • Online Communication Conference (Copenhagen) 2011
  • Digital Communication Award (Berlin) 2011
  • Beer Serves Europe event & panel discussion (Brussels) 2010-11
  • European Railway Award (Brussels) 2009, 2011-12
  • Sports as Cultural Diplomacy panel discussion, icd Symposium (Berlin) 2008
  • European Excellence Awards 2007-2011
  • Mare Nostrum; international swimming events in Canet (1995-2000) & Monaco (1997-1999) bilingual moderation French/English





2009:Train the Trainer Seminar, DW Akademie, Berlin

1994 – 1995: Diplome d'Études Universitaires Générale (DEUG), 

Sorbonne, Paris


1991 – 1994: Lettres Modernes (French Literature); 

Université de Paris IV-Sorbonne


1990Bachelor of Arts (BA), University of Toronto

1989 – 1990: Literary Studies; McGill University

1985 – 1989: Physical & Health Education/Literary Studies; 

University of Toronto



Athletic highlights

1984 – 1989: Member of Canadian National Swim Team

1985: Finalist, World University Games, Kobe, Japan 

1986: Finalist, Commonwealth Games, Edinburgh, Scotland


1986: Finalist, World Aquatic Championships, Madrid, Spain

1987: Double bronze medalist, Pan American Games, Indianapolis, USA

1989: French National Champion for Clichy 92, Paris, 4x200 FR, gold



Awards & Distinctions

1987: Angus Erskine Memorial Award for Excellence in Athletics & Academics, Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union Swimmer of the Year Athlete of the Year, Kiwanis Club of Kingston           


2000: American Swimming Coaches Association Media Award for outstanding writing on Doping in the former East Germany


2007: Inducted into Kingston & District Sports Hall of Fame


2010: Inducted into University of Toronto Sports Hall of Fame 


2011: Inducted into Ontario Aquatic Hall of Fame



Other activities 

Member of Advisory Board for Canada Meets Germany, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (icd) in Berlin since 2008

Singer, Songwriter for Pop-folk Duo breathe; debut CD afterward, 2006, Forest of Arden