born in 1973, Hoffmann works as a foreign correspondent for the news weekly »Focus«. The Mideast is her specialist area. She speaks fluent Farsi; her reports from Iran have garnered her numerous prizes. Her most recent publications are »Kriegs- und Krisenberichterstattung. Ein Handbuch« (tr: »War and Crisis Reporting – a Handbook«) and »Der Iran – die verschleierte Hochkultur« (tr: »Iran – the Veiled Civilization«). Hoffmann lives in Berlin.