Dagmar Hovestädt is an expert in dealing with issues of the past, surveillance, public journalism and communications. For a decade, from 2011 to 2021, she was the spokeswoman of the Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Records in Germany, gaining deep insight into this unique tool of transitional justice.
As the point of contact for international outreach, she specialises in areas including transitional justice research and analysis of archives for peace-building and human rights education. She started her professional life as a journalist in Berlin during the years following unification and relocated to the US during the 2000s, where she worked for numerous TV outlets and documentary productions on many issues of US culture and politics, including repeated assignments during many US elections.
She has acquired considerable expertise in strengthening journalism and fact-based reporting results from those years.