Tatjana Dönhoff grew up in Tanzania, Ireland, and Germany. She studied politics, history and journalism at the University of Hamburg, and after graduation worked as a reporter for the magazine Stern. In 1989, she won a fellowship to work as a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer in the USA. In 1991 she became a senior reporter for The European in London. Four years later, she was named chief reporter at Gruner + Jahr, helping to bring the celebrity magazine Gala to market. She was editor-in-chief of the German/English magazine Oskar's before leaving G+J in 1997. In 1999, she founded the media publishing company brain drain in Hamburg. In 2004, Tatjana Dönhoff published her first book, Weit ist der Weg nach Western ("The Long Way West"), a documentary-photo book with photographer Jo Röttger, re-tracing the 1,2000 mile journey of her famous great-aunt, the journalist Marion Dönhoff, to escape the Soviet Army at the end of World War II. Tatjana Dönhoff published the only German-language biography of Camilla Parker-Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall, and has written for films, while continuing to work as a journalist for German and English magazines.