About Daniel Zylbersztajn-Lewandowski

Daniel Zylbersztajn, is the contractual Great Britain Correspondent of taz, die Tageszeitung, Germany. He started his engagement with taz in 2012 an has been reporting since from London and other parts of Britain without break.

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Having grown up in Germany, The Netherlands and Israel, Daniel has been living in London without a break for nearly three decades. He decided on a journalistic career at the age of 19 and pursued it, though it was not a straight path and he worked in other professions.

His reports are often about current events throughout Great Britain. He centres around in-depth and critical social, cultural and economic analysis and sometimes on green issues, spending much time in remoter regions of the United Kingdom, analysing, listening and writing down stories in a way that reflects a genuine interest in people, regardless of their political stances and backgrounds, and allowing local persons to come through in a real way.

Professional Work: He combines the areas of humanities, science and a plethora of hands-on skills in one person and works and worked now for many years in journalism. As such he is since 2018 the GB correspondent of the German national daily independent broadsheet newspaper taz, die  Tageszeitung (left of centre) and since 2012 its London correspondent) and regularly writes also for  German-Jewish  Jüdische Allgemeine.  

He also worked for others, including DW (Radio)and the BBC (Radio 4) and was the UK based coordinator for the South England edition of ADAC Reisemagazin in 2016 .

Appeared on RTE (Ireland), RBB (Morning News), NDR, DER (News), DW-News (TV), taz-bytes.

Also wrote in Le Monde Diplomatique, Die Zeit (Online), Open Democracy, Ride, ADAC-Reisemagazin and others,

Outside of journalism, former positions included several years as British media press liaison person for the Palestinian – Jewish-Israeli peace village Wahat al-Salam – Neve Shalom (the UK-based support office is today called Oasis of Peace UK), a brief executive directorship of the Jewish left of centre Group Meretz UK and as an academic research assistant at Goldsmiths College Education and Sociology and also at South Bank University Education Studies.

Daniel started his working life selling shoes in a department store, aged 16, and working in the Munich BMW-factory, before becoming an office assistant of the then leader of the Bavarian SPD and vice-president of the German Bundestag Renate Schmidt.

A graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of University of London, in Contemporary Third World History and African Politics, he also holds a Master from Goldsmiths College (University of London) in Contemporary Urban Studies (Sociology) with a thesis on London Black radio stations and the different concepts of “Black community” amongst them. He completed his upgrade to a PhD attempt for which he received AHRB backing but was forced to stop it due to lack of funding, as his maintenance grant was axed due to his EU-migrant status in the UK at the time.

He has a professional side-interest in sports and has been teaching professional Pilates on the side for many years, for which he also holds a Master in Sports Science / Psychology (Coaching).

Daniel is acting co-chair and co-founder of a diversity group which runs since 2018 of a central London school. He was first chair and co-founder of Coram’s Fields User Group, an independent group, which represents the voices of the users of Londons biggest inner-city playground and acts as the critical friend of the charity that manages the grounds. In the 1990s he was vice-chair of a housing association that specialised on single persons at risk from homelessness. Between 1999 and 2002 he chaired a nation-wide group of postgrad students, who studied Black Cultural Studies. He was diversity researcher for YMCA-England in the early 2000s.