Kdka reporter Anna Dvorak was born in a small town in the eastern German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and came of age in the city of Hamburg, where she went to high school and graduated from university.
Her life has been largely defined by the challenges that come with growing up a woman of colour in a predominantly white city.
“My family is the same as yours,” she says.
“I’ve had to fight to get ahead.
I’m lucky to have a job.
I get paid to be a reporter.”
Dvoraks life is also shaped by the fact that her family came from a poor background and her mother and grandmother worked at the local bakery.
“Growing up, we had to struggle,” she recalls.
“The only way to be sure that you would succeed was to work hard.”
Today, she works for a local daily newspaper.
But her background, and her experiences in the business world, are still at the centre of her work.
“This job is my bread and butter,” she said.
“It gives me freedom.”
One way to look at it is as a kind of job security.
The daily is not an easy one to manage and it is a highly stressful one.
“We’ve had some tough times,” she told DW.
“But if we want to be successful, we have to work really hard.”
And there is always more to do, which means Dvorack has learned how to find her way out of difficult situations.
“That’s why I’m so motivated to stay in journalism.
If you work really well at the job, you’ll eventually find a job that is better for you.”
Dvorka is currently on the first wave of the annual recruitment drive, which aims to fill positions in the daily and to get more women into journalism.
This is an initiative supported by the German Association of Journalists (BAJ) and is organised by the media organisation Axel Springer.
A small team of journalists from the daily’s two other sister publications, the Hamburger Morgenpost and the Spiegel Online, are part of the initiative.
As well as the media, there are also support groups for people who are considering working for the daily.
One group for women is called ‘Gesellschaft für Kommissioner’ (‘Groups for Journalists’).
Another is the women’s section of the weekly’s weekly magazine.
And there are even a few online groups for women journalists, which are also open to women.
Dvoracks work schedule The daily has a weekly publication, Spiegel Online.
Dvorks weekly schedule starts on Wednesday and is usually done between 10am and 1pm.
But she does work from home from time to time.
“Sometimes I come home late at night and I need to take care of my own children,” she explained.
Dvoak has a lot of free time and a lot to do.
“When I’m in Berlin, I have a lot more time,” she jokes.
Drivak also enjoys socialising with her colleagues and her family, as well as taking part in a variety of events, like the annual Christmas party held in the local church.
“On my birthday, I always have fun, too,” she admits.
But Dvoracs passion for the paper is also what has made her a successful journalist.
“Journalism is my life,” she insists.
“If you don’t do it, you will regret it.”