Mechthild Henneke's first novel was published on November 23, 2021. "Ach, mein Kosovo!" (ISBN: 978-3-96258-096-4) tells a story from the Kosovo war, which in its main storyline and many episodes is based on real events. The book publication is a new step in her biography. After a short story in an anthology ("Asche" in "Großstadtklänge", Dec. 2020, ISBN: 978-3-7526-6194-1) this is her first publication as an author.
Apart from writing literature Mechthild Henneke is a free-lance journalist and a trainer/consultant in Berlin. Reportages, features and interviews are her key competencies in journalism. Her long-standing experience and solid training join her joyful curiosity for people and topics.
As PR-consultant she supports Public Relation-Agencies in political campaigns (“200 years Raiffeisen, “Wissenschaftsjahr” etc.) and enterprises, who would like to enhance their public perception.
Her third area of work is training. She regularly teaches professional German to future technical editors in a course leading to Tekom-certification. She is also offering workshops in the fields of journalism and communication.
Until autumn 2008 Henneke headed the Office for News and Communications for the economic department of the UN Mission in Kosovo.
After the violent riots in Kosovo in March 2004 Henneke became spokesperson for the UN mission. Her exceptional understanding of the pivotal role of communications as a tie between the public and the political decision makers/administration marked her highly successful work.
Henneke started her career as political scientist (diploma of the Free University Berlin with excellence), trained at the prestigious Henri Nannen-School of Journalism of the Gruner+Jahr-edition in Hamburg and became an editor of the Berliner Zeitung (1994 to 2001).
Upon her return from Kosovo in the winter of 2008, Henneke wrote a novel about the war in Kosovo while working as a journalist and trainer. In the spring of 2013 she earned an official trainer certificate from the Berlin Chamber of Commerce and Industry.