What does Monica Lierhaus & Co actually do?
Monica Lierhaus was once Germany’s best-known sports presenter, but then a serious illness ended her career on ARD. But she fought to come back to life. What Lierhaus and other well-known former sports journalists are doing today.
MOnica Lierhaus (52) was the main sports presenter on German television until 2009, including the sports program ARD. After complications during a brain aneurysm operation in early 2009, she had to be placed in an artificial coma for four months. Subsequently, a long rehabilitation was necessary to relearn how to speak and move.
Lierhaus says today: “I am well and I can manage my daily life independently.” Exercise units are still part of everyday life: “Among other things, I’m on the treadmill for an hour and I do physiotherapy twice a week.”
Lierhaus is still active on television: “I will continue to interview distinguished guests for my interview format. I also give talks on motivation and how to deal with the blows of fate. She has planned a trip to Venice in 2023, a longtime dream. His support is his family. His “greatest treasure” is the dog Pauline, “who gives me great joy every day”.
Reinhold Beckman: Long-time sports presenter Reinhold Beckmann (66) has released his third album with his band (“Sustainable until the end”) and will continue his tour in 2023. He is managing director of the Hamburg-based television production company “beckground tv” (including “Inas Nacht” and the satirical film “Infantino’s hairdresser – Leo Marchetti and the Fifa billions” with Olli Dittrich). With Nestwerk e. V., he is committed to the integration of children and young people through sport.
Jörg Wontorra: Former Doppelpass moderator Jörg Wontorra (74) had a daily football chat on the “Europa 2” cruise ship during the World Cup – with experts such as Stefan Reuter, Rainer Bonhof and Klaus Allofs. He is an ambassador for “Lightcycle” (recycling light bulbs) and is involved in the “Hansestiftung Jörg Wontorra” for young people from disadvantaged neighborhoods. Born in Lübeck, he lives in Marbella (Spain) most of the year, otherwise in Bremen.
Carmen Thomas: The 76-year-old was the first woman to host the “Aktuelle Sportstudio” on ZDF in 1973 and rose to fame with her slip “Schalke 05”. Today, she is the author of books (including “A Very Special Juice – Urine” and “Reactance – Recognizing and Converting Reactance”). She conducts seminars on how to best use Zoom conferencing. “Once you master that, you manage to be creative and activate the wisdom of the group,” says the Düsseldorf native, who also runs a moderation academy.
Gerard Delling: After leaving ARD in 2019, the 63-year-old went among book authors and wrote the novel “Ella & Co. KG”. This is based on true events: Delling’s grandmother ran a junkyard like the main character. “I’m currently working on another novel – a political and crime story,” says Delling. He teaches sports journalism at the Fachhochschule des Mittelstands Hannover. Additionally, he consults for event appearances, creates film concepts, moderates events, and does readings.
Rolf Fuhrmann: Former Sky interviewer Rolf “Rollo” Fuhrmann (73) published his autobiography “Der Kanzler, Otto, Oma & Ich” in 2022, writes newspaper columns. He recently launched his podcast, Hello, Hello. So far, he’s spoken there with ex-St. Paulians Fabian Boll and Timo Schultz. Editions with singers Lotto King Karl and Johannes Oerding will follow in 2023.
Werner Hansch: Radio and television commentator legend Werner Hansch (84) is an ambassador for the Fachverband Glücksspielsucht e. V. and lectures. Hansch went public in 2020 that he was addicted. He also gives readings from his book “Einmal Hölle und zurück!” and lead events.
Manfred Breuckman: Longtime ARD radio reporter Manfred Breuckmann (71) moderates events like in Herne, where the late World Cup guest worker was commemorated. He also recently spoke about the World Cup in a speech delivered from the pulpit in the town church of Unna. He is also the author of books and football thrillers.
The text was written for the sports competence center (WELT, SPORT BILD, BILD) and first published in “Sport Bild”.
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