Joachim Dennhardt studied theater studies, German studies and political sciences in Cologne. During his studies he was a freelance worker for WDR (Westdeutscher Rundfunk/West german broadcasting), SWR (Southwest broadcasting), Deutschlandfunk and different newspapers like Süddeutsche Zeitung and Frankfurter Rundschau. Since 1977 Dennhardt worked as a television editor for WDR in Cologne. Next to his editorial activities he also acted as a director, author, presenter and lecturer. As of 2005 he is back to doing freelance work. He lives in Vienna and London.