Luisa Beck

Berlin, Germany

Reporter covering Europe from The Washington Post's Berlin bureau

Education: University of California at Berkeley, BA in philosophy

Luisa Beck is a reporter in The Washington Post’s Berlin bureau, where she covers elections, migration, history, art and the environment. Before joining The Post, she made audio stories for NPR, the Center for Investigative Reporting and podcasts such as "99% Invisible" and "Rough Translation." When she wasn’t “cutting" tape, she could be found roaming the streets of San Francisco making location-based audio walks for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the media start-up Detour. She has guest lectured and taught multimedia storytelling to students at the University of California at
Latest from Luisa Beck

At least 95 dead and some 1,300 missing as flooding rages across Europe

Fears remain that the death toll could climb significantly, though officials stressed that the high number of those unaccounted for could be due to the fact that mobile phone networks had been crippled.

July 16, 2021

At Tesla’s ‘Gigafactory’ site in Germany, Elon Musk comes up against green activism and red tape

Musk expected to begin production this month. His foes have raised alarms over possible threats to water and wildlife.

July 4, 2021

German commando unit disbanded over suspected far-right links within ranks

Twenty officers in Frankfurt were placed under investigation for allegedly sharing Nazi symbols and “inciting content” in chat groups.

June 10, 2021

Germany acknowledges colonial genocide in Namibia and promises development projects

Germany’s government acknowledged that it committed genocide during its colonial occupation of what is now Namibia and promised more than $1 billion in development projects in communities descended from victims.

May 28, 2021

German priests defy Pope Francis with blessings of same-sex unions

The coordinated ceremonies were a direct response to a Vatican order.

May 10, 2021

Germany lets the vaccinated have a bit more fun. Teens shut out from the jabs are not happy.

Having a vaccine lifts curfew rules and allows bigger gatherings. But many younger Germans have a long wait.

May 6, 2021

Race to replace Germany’s Merkel shapes up between veteran and rising star

With Merkel’s party in disarray, the Greens also have a shot at power.

April 20, 2021

Germany halts AstraZeneca vaccine for people younger than 60 over clot concerns

“We are not faced with the question of AstraZeneca or no vaccine. Instead we have several vaccines at our disposal,” Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

March 30, 2021

European regulator says AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine is ‘safe and effective,’ but link to rare blood clots cannot be ruled out

It said it will raise awareness of the risks and make sure they are included in the vaccine information.

March 18, 2021

Biden’s promise of widespread vaccinations by summer prompts frustration in slower-moving Europe

The administration’s goal of allowing small celebrations on July 4 stands in stark contrast to the state of the vaccine rollout across Europe.

March 12, 2021