Denise is currently based in Shanghai, where she's responsible for Sixth Tone's features section, overseeing the work of 20 international journalists.
She reports, writes and edits in English and, occasionally, in her native language German and focuses on stories about environmental and social conflict.
After studying journalism in Austria and working for local radio, Denise moved to Cambodia, where she cut her teeth writing and editing for The Cambodia Daily.
Since then, her reporting has taken her to more than 10 countries across the globe, from the US and central Europe to India and China. She spent several years as a correspondent in Southeast Asia, covering Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
For her stories, Denise has gained access to refugee camps in Europe and Asia; walked through mine fields and villages infested by bird flu; spent nights in the rain forest; interviewed survivors of acid attacks, sexual violence and leprosy; and waited for Barack Obama at a burger shack.
Her work has won her several international journalism awards. She has been invited to hold university lectures on investigative journalism and feature writing.
She is the author of the photo book Transitioning Cambodia and a member of journalism collective Ruom.
Denise is bilingual, fluent in English and German, and speaks simple Mandarin Chinese. She also knows basic Khmer, French, Latin and Russian.