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19.04.2007

Renate Graber wins the 2006 Horst Knapp Prize

Renate Graber, Economics Editor of the daily newspaper "DER STANDARD", has been awarded the highly prestigious Professor Horst Knapp Prize by Bank Austria Creditanstalt (BA-CA) for her journalistic achievements in 2006. The prize was presented this evening by Willi Hemetsberger, a member of the BA-CA Managing Board and Head of Capital Markets at the UniCredit Group.

Willi Hemetsberger, member of the BA-CA Managing Board, Renate Graber
and Professor Erich Streißler

Willi Hemetsberger at the presentation ceremony: "Renate Graber is an indefatigable investigative journalist. Unlike others, her journalism is not aimed at achieving a sensation but at establishing understanding both at a rational and emotional level. With her series of interviews "Anders gefragt" (Asked differently), she brings a little humanity to number-laden financial reporting."

In his speech, Armin Thurnher, Editor in Chief of Falter, reminded guests of the foundations of press freedom and freedom of opinion: "The struggle for civil liberties was essentially a struggle for press freedom and freedom of opinion, it (...) insisted on two principles: firstly, the freedom to say what one thinks and secondly to ask about things you do not know." 
 
The Professor Horst Knapp Prize is worth EUR 6,000. The award has been given annually by BA-CA since 1996 and is awarded by an independent jury under the chairmanship of Professor Erich Streißler of the Economics Faculty at the University of Vienna to journalists in memory of the doyen of Austrian economic journalism. The Horst Knapp Prize is supposed to recognise outstanding media achievements, which present complicated economic social policy issues in a manner in which they can be easily understood by the wider public.

Dr. Renate Graber (46) completed her law degree at the University of Vienna in 1982. She started her career with "Industrie", which was published by the Signum Verlag, in 1984. Between 1986 and 1988, she worked for the Tiroler Tageszeitung. In 1988, she moved to the weekly magazine "profil", where she spent 10 years. Her in-depth contemporary reports on aryanisation and forced labour will be remembered but her work also focused managers and companies. In 1998, she moved to the economics magazine "FORMAT". Since 2004, she has been the Viennese Economics Editor of "Der Standard", where her series of interviews "Anders gefragt" has become established as an idiosyncratic brand in the sector. In addition to her work as a journalist, Renate Graber passes on the skills she has acquired to students studying journalism at the writers' workshop run by Vienna's University of Applied Sciences. Graber has two "very, very nice" sons in Fabian and Gabriel.

To date the following journalists have been awarded the Horst Knapp Prize:
Reinhard Göweil and Waltraud Langer (1996), Georg Wailand (1997) and Regina Forster (scholarship 1997), Michael Hann (1998), Liselotte Palme (1999), Andreas Schnauder (2000), Walter Sonnleitner (2001), Margarete Freisinger (2002), Richard Wiens (2003) Christine Domforth (2004), Michael Csoklich and Eva Pfisterer (2005).

Enquiries: Bank Austria Creditanstalt
Peter N. Thier, Tel. +43 (0)5 05 05 ext. 52371;
E-Mail: peter.thier@ba-ca.com