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October 29 – November 16, 2012
12 German journalists participated in the U.S. Fall Program 2012 with the first week in Washington DC and the last week in New York. They had the chance to observe the U.S. elections on November 6 in their second program week during their internships at radio and TV stations in different parts of the United States.
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October 21 – November 16, 2012
Three German journalists participated in the Visiting Media Fellowship Program of the Duke University, at the time of the U.S. elections on November 6, 2012.
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September 20–29, 2012
U.S. Election Special Program.

Five German journalists from major public and private TV news rooms participated in a ten-day program on the U.S. elections with visits to Ft. Lauderdale for the RTDNA/SPJ “Excellence in Journalism” Conference; to Texas A&M University / George Bush School of Government, College Station, TX, Austin, and Washington, D.C.
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September 22, 2012
20th Anniversary Reception of the RIAS BERLIN COMMISSION and meeting of U.S. Fellows, coinciding with the „RTDNA/SPJ Excellence in Journalism“ conference at the Marriott Harbor Beach, Ft. Lauderdale.
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September 3–16, 2012
12 US journalists participated in the Germany Fall Program 2012, which took them to Berlin, Dresden, Prague and Brussels
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July 13, 2012
The RIAS BERLIN COMMISSION condoles the Hockeimer family on the death of Henry Hockeimer
We mourn the passing of one of the founding members of the RIAS BERLIN COMMISSION. Henry Hockeimer represented the United States of America in the negotiations, which led to the establishment of the RIAS BERLIN COMMISSION by the German-U.S. agreement on May 19, 1992.

During his following 20 years on the board of the RIAS Berlin Commission, Henry Hockeimer was always a strong advocate for the German-US exchange programs of the RIAS BERLIN COMMISSION. He never missed the chance to meet with the visiting German groups in Washington D.C. or in New York, always paying attention to the feedback of the participants and constantly trying to improve the already very successful RIAS program even further. We could always count on him as wonderful friend and great supporter. Henry will be very much missed, and will always be remembered by all who have been and still are part of the RIAS BERLIN COMMISSION. (Erik Bettermann, Chairman, on behalf of the RIAS BERLIN COMMISSION)

Condolence by the Broadcasting Board of Governors

The Broadcasting Board of Governors notes with deep regret the passing of Henry E. Hockeimer, a holocaust survivor who served as associate director of the U.S. Information Agency and helped found the RIAS Berlin Commission. He was 92.

Hockeimer was an executive with Philco-Ford Corporation, Ford Aerospace and Communications Corporation and Ford Motor Company before being named to the USIA post by President Reagan in 1985. Later, he was instrumental in the creation of the RIAS Berlin Commission, which has funded annual German-American journalist exchanges for the past 20 years.

“Henry Hockeimer was a leader in the field of international broadcasting and a visionary who helped create the RIAS Commission and its exchange program. Countless journalists who have participated in the program have Henry Hockeimer to thank,” said Richard Lobo, director of the IBB and member of the RIAS Commission. Hockeimer represented the U.S. in the negotiations which led to the 1992 agreement between the U.S. and Germany that established the commission. For the next 20 years, Hockeimer served as a member of the commission’s board.

Hockeimer was born in Germany in 1920, where he lived through WWII and the Holocaust, surviving confinement at the Auschwitz concentration camp. Liberated, he worked for the U.S. Army as a translator interrogating civilian criminals and at least one member of the SS. He came to the U.S. in 1946. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Holy Trinity Church in Washington, D.C., with Rev. William Byron, S.J., officiating. Attending were Richard Lobo, Director International Broadcasting Bureau, Washington D.C.,Joseph Bruns, former IBB Director and Acting-VOA Director; Alvin Snyder, former Worldnet Director; and Alberto Mora, former BBG Governor

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June 11–23, 2012
11 U.S. journalists participated in the German Summer Program 2012. The participants stayed one week in Berlin and then traveled to Erfurt, Cologne and finally Brussels in the second program week. RTNDA executive director Mike Cavender reports
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May 23, 2012
20 Years Anniversary of the RIAS BERLIN COMMISSION
& Radio, TV, and New Media Awards 2012 Ceremony at Schoeneberg City Hall (Rathaus Schöneberg) in Berlin.

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March 19 – April 13, 2012
2 German Journalists participated in the Duke University Media Fellowship

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March 19 – April 6, 2012
Ten German Radio- and TV Journalists participated in the U.S. Spring Program 2012. One week in Washington D.C.; one week visiting U.S. radio and TV stations for an individual internship; one week in New York with a visit to United Nations and political talks.
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