Emily Schultheis is a freelance journalist and fellow with the Institute of Current World Affairs in Berlin, where she writes about German politics and the rise of right-wing populist parties across Europe. Before moving to Berlin in 2017, she most recently covered the 2016 election and the Trump White House as a political reporter for CBS News Digital in Washington, D.C.


Over the course of her political reporting career, Emily has covered elections across a dozen countries and more than 25 U.S. states. Her work has appeared in The AtlanticPolitico, The Guardian, The New York Times, Politico Europe, Foreign Policy, BBC Online, The Los Angeles Times, CBS News, NBC News, the National Journal, National Journal Magazine, Der Tagesspiegel, Deutsche Welle and Spiegel Online International, among others.

From 2011 to 2017, Emily covered U.S. national politics and elections from Washington, first for Politico and then for the National Journal and CBS News. At Politico, she traveled the country during the 2012 presidential election and served as the primary author for the “Morning Score” campaigns tipsheet. At National Journal, she spent eighteen months covering Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Emily speaks on populism and polarization at a 
journalism conference in Warsaw in 2018

In 2013, Emily came to Berlin as one of 10 American and Canadian journalists selected for the two-month Arthur F. Burns Fellowship, covering the German federal elections for Spiegel Online International and Politico. She returned to Germany longer-term as part of a 2017-18 fellowship from the Robert Bosch Stiftung, and also recently spent a month reporting on populism and democracy in southeast Asia as a 2018 East-West Center Jefferson fellow.

Emily, a San Francisco Bay Area native, graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to her work in political journalism, she is the author of a journal article about the publishing and marketing of Jane Austen’s novels in 1830s Philadelphia.

You can contact her at eschultheis [at] icwa [dot] org.