Bayerischer Rundfunk (“BR”) mourns the loss of journalist Andrea Otto († 47). As the broadcaster announced on Tuesday, she died on July 1 after a long illness. She leaves behind her husband and her daughter.
Otto’s employer dedicates touching farewell words to his former evening show presenter: “When she entered the editorial office, the day was suddenly a little sunnier. Andrea Otto’s happiness would have lasted for many dozen years.”
A year and a half before her death, Otto would have taken a year and a half off to take care of her family and her health. She firmly believed that one day she would return to the editorial office, according to the “BR”: “In one of the last phone calls to Andrea Otto, she did not let her colleagues recognize the severity of her illness. Rather, she made plans for the future, believed in a recovery. In that call, she asked that candles be lit for her in the churches to remember her and support her recovery.”
The trained bookseller has worked for Bayerischer Rundfunk since 2003. The broadcaster describes her internal career with these words: “Andrea Otto quickly became one of the most prominent story-makers in ARD Sport, first on the radio and then on television (…).” Otto’s motto has always been: “It’s okay.”
Among other things, Otto reported on five Olympic Games (Turin 2006, Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010, London 2012 and Sochi 2014). Above all, she was seen as a presenter in cross-country skiing, ski jumping and biathlon. Otto also reported on the 2018 World Cup in Russia for ARD.
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