Pinar Atalay

Pinar Atalay (born 27 April 1978 in Lemgo, West Germany) is a German radio and television presenter.

Life and career

Atalay was born to Turkish immigrants parents in Lemgo. After high school she ran, for one year, a boutique in Lemgo.[1] She then worked as an intern at Radio NRW and Radio Lippe. She later worked as a freelancer and trainee, and was, for a time, an early-morning presenter at the local radio station Antenne M├╝nster.[1]

On WDR Fernsehen, Atalay regularly hosted Cosmo TV. For ARD-aktuell, she hosted regular news and special programs, including for Das Erste. She is also a reporter and presenter for NDR Fernsehen, NDR Radio and Radio Bremen. From 2010 onwards, she presented programmes on Phoenix. In March 2014, Atalay became a presenter of the Tagesthemen evening news, succeeding Ingo Zamperoni.[2] In a 2018 survey conducted by Forsa Institute, she was voted one of Germany's most trusted news presenters.[3]

In addition to her role as presenter, Atalay has written articles for the German business magazine Plusminus since the beginning of 2014.[4]

Other activities

  • Jugend debattiert, Member of the Board of Trustees[5]

Personal life

In January 2017, Atalay gave birth to a daughter.[6]


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