was born in Linz, Austria, in 1956.
He initially studied Law at the University of Linz and completed the Journalism study programme at the Chamber of Commerce in Linz in 1982.
In 1983 he started to work as correspondent for Upper Austria for DIE PRESSE newspaper in Linz.
In 1988 he became editor for domestic policies at DIE PRESSE in Vienna, and from 1993 onwards held that post at KURIER newspaper in Vienna.
He joined the Austrian Rectors' Conference / Universities Austria as press and public relations officer in October 2004.