On assignment

Being a journalist is best done on the ground – meeting people, sinking into new surroundings and getting to understand the story. Here’s a few places that my work has taken me …


Melbourne, Australia, 2017

In my first assignment for dpa, the German Press Agency, I covered the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. It was exciting to be trackside for the first time but it was plenty of work too: 21 articles in 4 days!




Algarve, Portugal, 2015Leslie_Algarve

I covered the German national football team’s trip to the Algarve in Portugal – handling social media, web videos and online features. Germany was there to play Gibraltar and ended up crushing them 7-0. But the Gibraltar fans still had fun.





Cologne, Germany, 2015

Meeting US fans ahead of their team’s match against Germany at the RheinEnergie Stadion in Cologne. Seems like their prediction of the scoreline was correct.





Clonakilty, Ireland, 2012

As part of the DW project, Plan B, I visited Ireland with my friend and colleague Michael Hartlep to cover a number of stories. It was a rainy and low-light experience, but it helped me hone my video journalism skills and practise my Irish accent.




Usain Bolt and andre

Berlin, Germany, 2009

Yep, I was there the night that Usain Bolt ran 100 meters in 9.58 seconds. It’s a night I won’t easily forget. Together with my colleagues Rolf-Guenther Schulze and Jason Murtagh, DW was one of the first teams to interview Bolt after his record. The journalists – myself included – went just as crazy as the fans.


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