Cherno Jobatey, the well-known German TV personality Washington Post

TV-Presenter Cherno Jobatey, „a popular host of pubcaster ZDF“ (VARIETY) – is “the TV’s Darling!” raves Europe’s biggest newspaper BILD.

He has „shaped the ZDF Morning News with his irrepressible zest“ according to Germany’s people magazine BUNTE. „His winning smile has long been part of the TV-show“, hails Cologne’s daily EXPRESS about the „well-known German TV personality“ (Washington Post). „No one is quite as entertaining,“ adds Germany’s TV guide HoerZu. The Times described him as „the most high-profile black journalist in television.“

Moderator & Journalist

Moderator or journalist? Journalist and moderator? Which one is it – or is it both? “Cherno Jobatey is often underestimated: he is more news junkie than whimsical animator” (WAZ). Moreover, he is “a moderator who combines his extensive knowledge with pure entertainment. And he does it with astonishing ease” (SportBILD).

“Charming Cherno`s” (Bunte) upbeat demeanor has even fooled interview partners. That’s due in part to the way “the moderator offers critique with sophisticated understatement”.

As far as Jobatey’s style beyond politics, like on Tribute to BAMBI, the UdLDigital Talkshow or Cherno.The RBB Talkshow, newspaper Die Welt has this to say: “His trick is to let people have their say at the decisive moment. To unravel his guests’ offhand remarks until they’ve satisfactorily ensnared themselves in their own contradictions.” “All the while, Jobatey – as upbeat as ever and donning his trademark sneakers – had no problem digging deeper,” one TV critic wrote. “While many moderators just take an intellectual approach, Cherno Jobatey displays a refreshingly honest curiosity” (MAZ).

On top of his TV appearances “Jobatey has made a name for himself as a freelance journalist in various media and as a book author” (Wirtschaftswoche).

Editorial Director, Huffington Post

Since its launch  in Germany, Cherno Jobatey has been part of the leading team of the German edition of the Huffington Post as its Editorial Director and author. In less than a year, the news platform managed to rank just shy of the top ten of German news portals.
It was a wonderful five-year “journey” to be able to develop an entirely new news format from the drawing board and have it take off. In December 2018, when HuffPost Germany set its own reach record with over 8 million readers (unique users), its US parent company shifted its strategy and closed its German headquarters.

Speaker & Lecturer

Cherno Jobatey is a regular at congresses and conferences. His presentations often focus on communication or politics, like his hit speech  Digital Power! The New Economy of Attention“: “In his usual, casual style, Cherno Jobatey spoke about online communication. … During his lecture in front of 500 guests at Expo-Wal, he got a lot of laughs with his humorous description of the Obama phenomenon” (HAZ). Cherno Jobatey is “somebody who works hard for his success”.


Limelight notwithstanding, Jobatey has long helped others however he can. His charity activism has benefited AIDS charities,, WIZO, SOS Children’s Villages, Start, Unicef and others. Cherno Jobatey’s children’s reading project “Kopf-Kino für Kinder” received a “Land of Ideas” Award from the German President.

University Lecturer

The journalist doesn’t stop there. He also educates young professionals, holds teaching positions at the University St. Gallen, TU Munich, FU BerlinLeuphana University and the University of Tübingen, among others.