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Jean-Luc Hees

CEO, Radio France

After debuting in 1972 at the ORTF (French radio-television diffusion office), he worked as a correspondent for Radio France in Washington from 1981 to 1990. When he comes back to France, he is appointed chief editor and assistant director of France Inter, where he is the anchorman of the ”1.00 pm News broadcast” and of the « Synergies » programme.

In parallel, Jean-Luc Hees has presented the weekly documentary «The Meaning of the history » on the channel Five from 1994 to 1999.

In 1999, he was appointed Director of France Inter by the President and CEO of Radio France, Jean-Marie Cavada. As director, he discovered people like Pascale Clark, Frédéric Bonnaud, Stéphane Bern …

In 2006, after his replacement as head of France Inter, Jean-Luc Hees is back on the air on Radio Classique as host of the cultural programme « Hees bien raisonnable ».

He is passionate about the USA and published two books on this topic. The first one – The saga of the White House (Presses de la Renaissance, 2006) – is about the history of the United States from Lincoln to Bush, including Roosevelt and Kennedy. The second one – Obama, what else? (Les Echappés , 2009) – about the U.S. 2008 election campaign, which he followed for the Charlie-Hebdo magazine with the cartoonist Riss.

Jean-Luc Hees is also the author of « Sarkozy président! Journal d’une élection » (Editions du Rocher, 2007), a kind of campaign diary that looks back at the months prior to the election of Nicolas Sarkozy and that fascinated the French people.

Jean-Luc Hees is a member of the Supervisory Board of Arte France and a Board member of the Theatre du Chatelet, AFP (Agence France Presse) and Mediamétrie. Jean-Luc Hees is also Knight of Agricultural Merit, Knight of the National Order of Arts and Letters and an Officer of the Legion of Honor.