Bettina Luescher

WFP Chief Spokesperson

Bettina Luescher is the Chief Spokesperson for North America of the World Food Programme.

Since joining WFP in 2004 she has worked in crisis areas like Darfur, Afghanistan, Gaza, Guatemala, Haiti and the Tsunami region of Indonesia and Sri Lanka.

Before joining the UN, Luescher worked for 15 years as an anchor, reporter and field producer for CNN International… based in Atlanta, Frankfurt and Berlin.

In 2002 she won a “National Headliner Award – First Place” as member of CNN’s Investigative Team for the coverage of “Attack on America – 9/11”.

Before CNN she worked for three years as an anchor for German ARD television. She started her career in radio and at a local newspaper.

Luescher studied in Muenster/Germany and at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
She has a Masters degree in Political Science, and has won two Fulbright Scholarships.

She was born in Hamm/Germany and grew up in Munich.