Welcome to my website! On December 12, 1975 I was born in the Westphalian city of Paderborn and grew up - finally reaching a pretty tall 1 meter 86 centimeters - on the northern slopes of the Sauerland, a range of hills in central Germany, in the idyllic small town of Rüthen. Scout, acolyte, high school graduation in 1995, social year in an old people’s home, lots of swimming, laughing, music and amateur dramatics – that’s how it all began.
And how did it go on? Well, I attended the University of Paderborn and Aston University Birmingham, graduating with degrees in English and German studies. Parallel to my studies I got to work behind the mike at Radio Hellweg, where I learned an enormous amount about entertainment and broadcasting. This was followed by practical training and internships, for example with Sabine Christiansen - and then, by a stroke of great good fortune, I got to go take part in a casting for the TV company PRO 7.
Economics television journal ‘BIZZ’ followed - with the so-called ‘Bottomless Barrel“ and memorable live-relays to Stefan Raab (3 years) - and after that the tabloid show ‘taff’ with Annemarie Carpendale (4 years). I was a compère on ice skates with Olympic champion Katarina Witt, caught a glimpse of ‘The Other World’ with Uri Geller and presented the first season of ‚The Voice of Germany’ - but then decided of my own accord …
…to climb around inside Icelandic volcanoes, experience the insanity of North Korea and Fukushima and report from Chernobyl for ‘Galileo’ Specials. Oh, and I wrote a book: “Extreme: Our bodies at the limit” – an interesting subject to read about, I can highly recommend it! Since 2009 I have been hosting ‘Galileo’ – alternating with Aiman Abdallah - and have been very happy there.
The private Stefan Gödde is a passionate discoverer of the world, in love with Rome and Jerusalem, interested in life, religion and nature, in people and their stories; I have one godchild that I sponsor in Africa, and two in Germany. Among other things I am ambassador for World Vision, which sets up international partnerships with the disadvantaged in the developing world, and for Make-a-Wish, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
And finally, I am a great fan of Cicero’s wise words:
NEVER START TO STOP, AND NEVER STOP STARTING
Hope you enjoy my website!