Markus Günther, b. 1965 in Bottrop, Germany, serves as Director of Communications for the Archbishop of Cologne, Rainer Cardinal Woelki. Before joining the Archdiocese of Cologne, Markus Günther had a distinguished career in journalism. He was based in Brussels, covering EU and Nato for German newspapers and spent twelve years in Washington DC covering the White House and US politics. Markus Günther has published both fiction and non-fiction and won numerous awards for his journalistic and literary work. He holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in history from Bochum University.