Marcus Schuler was born in 1971 in Esslingen am Neckar in Baden-Württemberg. He has been working as a correspondent at ARD Studio Los Angeles since July 2017. But there’s one important thing to note: the journalist from Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation and 4th largest member of German’s ARD network has his office in Silicon Valley – a good 600 kilometers or 370 miles north of LA. From there, he supplies ARD not only with news from the world’s tech mecca, but also with a whole range of topics that the US West Coast has to offer.
After completing high school, military service with the German Armed Forces (Radio Andernach) and an internship (among other things) with the German-Jewish emigrant newspaper „Aufbau“ in New York, he worked as a trainee at the BBC in London. He then studied politics in Bonn. During his studies, he started working for the former radio station SWF3 in Baden-Baden, where he hosted the morning show.
In 1998, he received the Kurt Magnus Award, which is given to young radio journalists of ARD. At Südwestrundfunk (Southwest German Broadcasting Corp.), he set up ARD’s first tri-medial youth program, DASDING, for which he and his team received the then still new Grimme Online Award in 2002.
In 2003, Marcus Schuler moved to Bayerischer Rundfunk. There, he was responsible for ARD and everything digital as a consultant in the directorate. From 2015, he helped to establish a new development department in BR, which programs apps (BR24, Bayern2 App) as well as new digital services and products. In his spare time, he produces the tech podcast „Geek-Week“ with friends in Portland, Oregon and Bern, Switzerland, which is also broadcast on Bayerischer Rundfunk.