Based in Berlin, Germany, Petra Krischok is enhancing the activities and expanding the network of partners of the Pulitzer Center in London, Paris and Berlin. She joined the Pulitzer Center as a consultant in 2012, when she organized the first school and university visits of Pulitzer grantees in Europe.
A trained journalist, Petra covered the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 as a freelancer for German radio and as a fixer for foreign journalists. She has been working for US media organizations out of Germany since 1994, when she took a job at the Washington Post’s Berlin Bureau. Until recently, she has been freelancing as a researcher from Berlin for media outlets like The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, Time Magazine and PBS as well as for nonfiction book projects of American authors, some Pulitzer Prize winning.
Petra worked in public relations at the Ecologic Institute, a non-profit think tank for applied environmental research, policy and analysis, and as the director of public relations at German Water Partnership, an association of the German water industry and scientists and politicians, where she developed a great interest in global water issues.
Petra has a master’s degree in Journalism and North American Studies from Free University Berlin. She wrote her master’s thesis on media in the democratization process in Africa, based on an independent field research in Tanzania. She is fluent in English, German and French.