Cornelia Vospernik was born 04.10.1969 in the Austrian Province of Carinthia, grew up bilingual (German/Slovene), went to a Slovenian school in the province’s capital Klagenfurt before coming to Duino 1986-1988.
Cornelia started freelancing as a radio journalist for ORF (local studio Carinthia) at the age of 15 and continued to do so throughout her college and university years. She holds a masters degree as interpreter for Slovenian and Italian which she obtained from the Karl-Franzens-Universität in Graz. She also worked as an interpreter and lecturer but eventually gave it up when the ORF-workload grew too big.
Cornelia joined the team of the main evening TV-news of ORF in Vienna in 1996, was posted to London as a correspondent from end 1999 to end 2001, worked as reporter on the foreign desk and occasionally as presenter of different news programs after she returned to Vienna, and got posted to Beijing in February 2007 where she currently works.
During her years in China she wrote two books: “China live” (2008) and “In China” (2009) which were both shortlisted for the Austrian reader’s awards.
Cornelia was awarded the prestigious Concordia-Publizistikpreis 2008 for her reporting from China since 2007 and shared first place in Austria as the foreign political journalist of the year 2009.
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