Judith Rakers was born in 1976, in Paderborn, Germany. Between 1995 and 2001, she studied at the Pelizaeus-Gymnasium Paderborn, and then went on to the University at Münster, where she graduated in Journalism and Communication Studies, German Philology and modern and contemporary history.
Judith worked at the NRW local radio stations, “Radio Hochstift” and “Antenne Münster”. Between January 2004 and January 2010, she presented the “Hamburg Journal” for local tv station “Norddeutscher Rundfunk”. Since 2005, Judith presents the Tagesschau news programme on ARD, as well as reading the news for the Tagesthemen, Nachtmagazin and Morgenmagazin. She also presents the radio station Radio Bremen’s talk show “3 nach 9″.
In December of 2010, ARD announced that Judith Rakers would host the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011, along with Stefan Raab and Anke Engelke.