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Michaela Haas


Michaela Haas, Ph.D, is a German reporter, TV-host, and author. She has hosted talkshows and political as well as cultural broadcasts in Germany such as Kulturweltspiegel (ARD), Unter Vier Augen (BR), WestART (WDR), Boulevard Europa (WDR). She contributes to magazines and newspapers such as Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Zeit, GEO, The Washington Post and the Huffington Post.


In 1996, she published her first non-fiction book. "Coco Schumann, the Ghetto-Swinger" is the true story of a Jewish entertainer who survived the Nazi-Camps by playing for his life.[1]

After completing her education as a journalist at the Deutsche Journalistenschule in Munich and earning her degree as master journalist from the University of Munich, she was offered the post of staff reporter for the Seite Drei of the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

At the age of 23 she started hosting Live aus dem Alabama, a popular weekly 90 minute live TV talk show for young people.[2]

In 1997, she left Germany to follow her passion for traveling and studying while working as a freelance correspondent from Nepal, Northern India and France. She enrolled at the University of Kathmandu, Nepal, to pursue studies of Sanskrit and Tibetan Buddhism for two years and has finished her PhD thesis in Asian studies at the University of Bonn in 2008.

In addition to her media career, Michaela is the founding owner of Haas live! Communication, Coaching, Consulting,[3] a coaching company which specializes in media and presentation training for business leaders and media professionals. She lives in Munich, Germany and Malibu, California. She is the author of a book about female teachers of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, Dakini Power: Twelve Extraordinary Women Shaping The Transmission of Tibetan Buddhism in the West,[4] published by Snow Lion/Shambhala in 2013.

She has also taught as a visiting scholar and lecturer at the University of California Santa Barbara,[5] is a regular blogger for The Huffington Post,[6] the On Faith blog in the Washington Post,[7] and a board member of the international non-profit Lotus Outreach.[8]


  1. ^ DTV Publishing
  2. ^ "Live aus dem Alabama". 
  3. ^ "Haas Live!". 
  4. ^ Haas, Michaela (2013). Dakini Power: Twelve Extraordinary Women Shaping the Transmission of Tibetan Buddhism in the West.  
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  6. ^ "Michaela Haas".  
  7. ^ Haas, Michaela. The Washington Post . 
  8. ^ "Our Team". Lotus Outreach. 

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