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Alexandra Föderl-Schmid (born 30 January 1971) is an Austrian journalist and the first female editor of Der Standard.


Born in Haslach an der Mühl, Upper Austria, Föderl-Schmid studied at the University of Salzburg, followed by a doctorate in Communications Studies, also from the University of Salzburg.

Föderl-Schmid began at Austrian newspaper Der Standard in 1990 and was the newspaper's Germany correspondent and Brussels-based European Union correspondent.

She served as editor-in-chief of Der Standard from 2007 until 2017.

Her other activities include:

  • Re-Imagine Europa, Member of the Advisory Board
  • Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ), Member of the Advisory Board
  • European Press Prize, Member of the panel of judges since 2014.

Awards and honors

  • 2005 – Austrian Press Agency Alfred Geiringer Fellowship, Reuters Institute
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