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Deborah Steinborn grew up in New York City. She studied literature, business and German language at Binghamton University and has master’s degrees in journalism and international politics from Columbia University. She graduated from the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Business Journalism at Columbia and is a member of its board of directors.


Deborah launched her career as a broadcast journalist for the Deutsche Welle and the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) in Cologne, covering refugees from wars in the former Yugoslavia and economic turmoil after the fall of the Berlin Wall. She later worked as a financial reporter in New York and as senior European banking correspondent for Dow Jones & Co. in Frankfurt, and as European correspondent for Forbes Global.


As an independent journalist, Deborah covers the intersection of economics, politics and society. She has reported from more than 30 countries, and her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Die Zeit, Financial Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Business Week, Cambodia Daily, Forbes Magazine and World Policy Journal, among others.


Deborah’s German media clients include Die ZEIT. She is editor-in-chief of Zeit Germany, a line of English-language magazines published globally, which she developed for the newspaper group in 2017. She also works for Forbes Magazine on the production of its annual World’s Billionaires ranking.


She co-authored Anders Denken! Warum die Ökonomie weiblicher wird, about women in the world economy. The book was shortlisted for the 2013 German Business Book of the Year Award. 


She appears regularly as a guest speaker and moderator on workplace diversity and other economic issues.

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