Liesbeth Van Impe

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She always wanted to become a journalist
What is happening in the Belgian government?

Liesbeth Van Impe (1977) provides as a journalist the political headlines of her newspaper. She knows her craft like no other and her commentary pieces are considered as reference.

She's a regular guest in political programs on television. She is one of the five Flemish commentators who may write in Le Soir and delivers regular contributions for LeVif / L'Express, RTBF and RTL.

Being a political journalist and chief-editor means that you are sitting in the first row in the political arena to follow the chess game. This more than interesting speaker does it with passion and verve. So she does to moderate your debates.

In high school Liesbeth Van Impe was a passionate student. As the best students in the class should, she regularly participates in competitions. In the fourth secondary school, she won the national price for an essay contest organised by the Davidsfonds. As a reward she could spend a day in the footsteps of a journalist of the Gazet van Antwerpen on the Four Days of the Yser defeat. Van Impe took a step further, for the article she wrote that day, she received the press prize of the event. In the last year of secondary school, she succeeded to be one of the ten winners to join in Italy for the Latin Olympics.

The power of language
Since her 15th Van Impe dreams of becoming political journalist at De Morgen. "It was a bit like little boys who want to be become an astronaut. I had no idea how to be a journalist". In 2000, she graduated with a thesis on the war in Algeria.

Storm

After her studies, Van Impe backpacked around the world. Starting from Brazil she intended to reach Mexico City within the year by boat, bus and train. Liesbeth Van Impe went back home to work at the University of Free Time (Davidsfonds). In 2003, Van Impe was selected for MediAcademy, the training project of De Persgroep. She was trained abroad and came into contact with television journalism. "Television was fun, but the newspaper was really my thing."

On the barricades

In 2004, Van Impe made a start as political journalist at De Morgen. Then a few years later, it became known that 26 people had to leave De Morgen, Liesbeth Van Impe stood on the barricades. During six months, she negociated with the editors in the name of the journalists. Then finally some journalists were unfairly dismissed, and Van Impe decided to resign. "I could stay but I knew I could no longer continue. I work very much and I give myself entirely for my job, but I knew that I would no longer be able to do so. It was the best decision I ever made. "

Soon after her departure, she became chief Political News with Het Nieuwsblad. She now writes a daily tribune, following news, making interviews and coordinating the four-headed team. End 2011 she put a step further and became co-chief editor of Het Nieuwsblad.

Flemish stoemp

Other media regularly call on Liesbeth Van Impe as a political commentator. She's a regular guest in political programs on television. She is one of the five Flemish commentators who may write in Le Soir and delivers regular contributions for LeVif / L'Express, RTBF and RTL. "At least it is a credit to the long political crisis: journalists look more over the wall. Occasionally you get interesting reactions from French readers and French politicians discover you faster if you write in their media".

The Art of Political Journalism

Belgium

Keeping the overview on the Belgian political games, is not always obvious. Who are the main political players and why they take a particular position? Whose interests are really defended? What happens behind the scenes? What is the future of our country? Political journalist Liesbeth Van Impe observes, analyzes and reports for years about the events in the Rue de la Loi. All you always wanted to know about the Belgian politics…

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