Clement Behrendt Kjersgaard (born 1975 in Copenhagen)

BIOGRAPY: Having worked for the Danish Broadcasting Corporation since 2004 Clement is one of the most well-known broadcasters in Denmark, including his 14 years anchoring the weekly flagship show “Debatten” (which he relaunched in 2010 and has hosted since). He debuted as the host of an award winning phone-in-show on religious matters (“Talk to God” in 2004) and has also anchored the daily news magazine “Deadline” along with talk shows and interview programs spanning both politics, the arts and pop culture.

For the station he has also covered both British and American politics, and in the span of his career he has interviewed editor and author Fareed Zakaria, Nobel Prize Winner professor Joseph Stiglitz, professor Thomas Piketty, former spin doctor James Carville, professor Shoshana Zuboff, journalist Helen Thomas, former Secretary of Labour Robert Reich, best-selling historian Max Hastings, professor Niall Ferguson, former assistant secretary of defense Richard Perle, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, professor Harold Bloom and presidential hopeful John McCain. At live events he has interviewed professor Francis Fukuyama, professor Richard Dawkins and Fran Lebowitz.

At the age of 11 he founded a local radio station in Aarhus, at 16 he moved to Hong Kong to attend the United World College and at the age of 18 he was accepted into the University of Oxford, from which he holds the PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics). He is the founder and publisher of the Danish current affairs magazine RÆSON, the history magazine ÆRA and the annual Festival of Knowledge. At the age of 35 he was awarded the Danish Publicist Prize (2011) and his shows have won three Danish Television Awards (2004, 2007, 2011). 
Academic career:
1992-1994: International Baccalaureate at the United World College of Hong Kong (pioneering year)
1994-1997: BA PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) at the University of Oxford (St. Hugh’s College)
1998-2002: BA Political Science from the University of Copenhagen

2004-: Anchor/editor with the Danish Broadcasting Corporation

Publishing and more:
2002-: Founder/publisher of the current affairs magazine RÆSON ( and in 2021 of the history magazine ÆRA (
2011-: Founder/director of Vidensfestival (Festival of Knowledge)

Awards and distinctions:
– Recipient of the Danish Publicist Prize 2011
– Recipient of Berlingskes Journalists’ Award 2013
– Winner of three Danish Television Awards 2004, 2007, 2011
– Named the most influential journalist in Denmark by the Journalists’ Association Magazine “Journalisten”, 2011