After high school Markus Bickel dreamt of becoming a Latin America correspondent. Born in Caracas/Venezuela on July 25th, 1971, films like “Under Fire” starring Nick Nolte as war photographer in revolutionary Nicaragua inspired his thirst for life as a reporter between Argentina and Mexico. So did trips through rebellious Chiapas, Guatemala, Venezuela, and Brazil in the 1990s.
But after finishing journalism school in Munich (DJS) and his studies of political science in Berlin he stayed in the Old World: first as editor of the weekly “Jungle World”, then as Balkans-correspondent, based in Sarajevo. He wrote about the former Yugoslav postwar-republics until 2005, when he left Europe for the Middle East. From Lebanon he reported for Spiegel Online, Die Zeit, and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (F.A.Z.). In 2008 he joined Germany’s leading daily as editor, from 2012 to 2015 he reported as F.A.Z.'s Middle East Correspondent from Cairo. Since 2016 he is back to Berlin, where he works as author and journalist.