1980–81 Austrian Fulbright Student
Hannelore Veit is a journalist, moderator and author. Until January 2021 she served as the North America correspondent and bureau chief for ORF, the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, in Washington, DC, covering the United States, Canada, and Mexico. For 19 years prior to that she worked as an anchor for ORF’s evening news Zeit im Bild and anchored many breaking-news programs and special broadcasts. The defining moment of her career was hosting ORF’s 9/11 broadcast, which she considers both her most interesting and most disconcerting assignment. Hannelore began her career at ORF in 1991 as the Far East correspondent in Tokyo. She traveled extensively in Asia, with reporting assignments in South Korea, Cambodia, Thailand, and the Russian Far East.
Before joining ORF, Hannelore worked for the Swiss-based European Business Channel. As the Tokyo correspondent, she provided background stories and daily Nikkei stock market updates.
Hannelore began her career in journalism as a radio correspondent at the Voice of America’s East Europe bureau. Based in Vienna, she covered Austria and the Warsaw Pact countries for VOA’s English service. She was awarded VOA’s Foreign Service National Award of the year in 1988.
Hannelore graduated with a master’s degree in American studies from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, which she attended on a Fulbright scholarship. “My studies in the US paved the way for my international career: Fulbright made me who I am today”, she says of her two years at Notre Dame.
Hannelore is also a graduate of the University of Vienna. She currently serves as the president of the Alumni Association of the University of Vienna.
Her most recent book, Zeit des Zweifels, co-authored with ORF Brussels correspondent Peter Fritz, was published in 2021 and deals with current US-European relations. In 2020 she and her colleague David Kriegleder published USA – Stimmen aus einem gespaltenen Land.