Erik Kirschbaum is a foreign correspondent based in Germany and the executive director of the RIAS Berlin Commission, a German-American exchange program for broadcast journalists. Currently, he writes for the Los Angeles Times, but his articles have also appeared in The New York Times, Huffington Post and South China Morning Post. Between 1989 and 2016, Erik Kirschbaum was also a correspondent for Reuters in Berlin, Bonn, Vienna and Frankfurt.
Kirschbaum studied History and German at the University of Wisconsin, United States. He is the author of Soccer Without Borders, Rocking the Wall, and Burning Beethoven: The Eradication of German Culture in the United States during World War I.
A renewable energy enthusiast, Erik Kirschbaum has also developed more than a dozen large photovoltaic power plants across Eastern Germany.