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Jutta Hennig is an award-winning journalist who has covered U.S. and international trade policy in Washington, DC, for more than three decades.
All but four of these years were spent at Inside U.S. Trade, a weekly publication and its daily news service World Trade Online. She was the chief editor of Inside U.S. Trade for twenty-five years starting in 1989. Jutta left that job in mid-2016 because her husband had a kidney transplant. Since his recovery, she has worked as a freelance trade journalist.
During her tenure as the chief editor of both publications, they became pre-eminent sources of trade policy information read by government and business leaders in Washington, DC, Brussels, Geneva and Tokyo.
In 2012, Jutta won the Washington International Trade Foundation’s Lighthouse Award for her “contribution … to trade policy [and] the understanding of global trade….” The award recognized her reporting as well as her training of a new generation of reporters who went on to media and policy careers in the trade field.
Some of the insights Jutta gained from covering the intersection of trade policy and politics, she shared in commentaries on C-Span, radio programs including the Diane Rehm show and To The Point with Warren Olney. She also gave speeches on trade policy to various audiences and wrote occasional opinion pieces.
During the years, Jutta journeyed the world directing coverage of trade negotiations in multilateral, regional and bilateral fora. These included the Uruguay Round, which created the World Trade Organization, as well as the negotiation and implementation of the original NAFTA. She also covered the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership as well as many free-trade agreements.
Jutta completed a Master’s degree in Journalism at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1978, and a Master’s degree in American Studies, Communications and Political Science at Mainz University (Germany) in 1977. She also studied for one year at Wellesley College, Wellesley MA on a scholarship for foreign students in 1973-74.