Michael Fleischhacker (born May 26, 1969 in Friesach, Carinthia) is an Austrian journalist. He was director and editor-in-chief of Austrian daily Die Presse from 2004 until 2012.

Early life

Fleischhacker was raised in Sankt Lambrecht in Styria. He graduated from Stiftsgymnasium Admont of Admont Abbey and studied theology, philosophy and German philology in Graz and didn't graduate.[1]

Newspaper career

In April 1991 Fleischhacker worked for Kleinen Zeitung as editor for foreign politics. 1994 he became editor in the editor-in-chief's office, from 1995 until 1997 he was managing editor and 1998/99 he became deputy editor-in-chief. In addition, as publishing director he was responsible for strategic development and new media.

In 2000 he joined Austrian daily Der Standard and was managing editor until 2001. From 2002 he worked at Austrian daily Die Presse and became editor-in-chief and chief executive in 2004. In October 2012 he left Die Presse and became freelance journalist and contributed regularly in various daily Austrian newspapers.[2][3]

In July 2014 he joined the Austrian private network ServusTV and became anchorman of Talk im Hangar-7.[4]

From 2014 he worked for NZZ Österreich and was primarily responsible for establishing an online presence. Later on he became chief editor and co-chief executive.[5]

Personal life

Fleischhacker is father of five children.[6]



  1. ^ Vorstellung von Michael Fleischhacker im Rahmen des Internetauftritts des Philosophicum Lech
  2. ^ Neue Führung für Styria-Tageszeitungen in Wien. Artikel auf DiePresse.com vom 3. August 2012, Retrieved, 24 September 2014.
  3. ^ „Presse“-Redaktion bestätigt Rainer Nowak als Chefredakteur Artikel auf DiePresse.com, 8 August 2012; retrieved, 24 September 2014.
  4. ^ Ralf Hillebrand: Fleischhacker übernimmt "Talk im Hangar-7". Artikel der Salzburger Nachrichten, 16 July 2014. Retrieved, 9 September 2015.
  5. ^ Neue Zürcher Zeitung: Namhafte Verstärkung der Redaktion. Artikel der Neuen Zürcher Zeitung, 6 June 2014; retrieved, 21 September 2014.
  6. ^ Clubabend: „Strolz interviewt Fleischhacker“. Interview von Matthias Strolz mit Michael Fleischhacker bei NZZ Österreich vom 20. Juli 2015.
  7. ^ Arno Widmann, "Martin Fleischhacker: Die Zeitung – Ein Nachruf: Das neue Geschäftsmodell", Berliner Zeitung (Rezension) (in German)