CULTURE

Theodoros Roussopoulos takes a leap from the press to the prime minister’s office

Theodoros Roussopoulos exemplifies the saying that a career in journalism can lead anywhere if you abandon it early enough. One of the youngest of the «40-somethings» that form the core of the Karamanlis government, Roussopoulos was born in Kyparissia, Messinia, on September 13, 1963. He studied journalism in Athens, and worked in the field from 1981 until 2000, when he became ND’s press spokesman. He has written for Eleftherotypia and the Sunday Eleftherotypia as political correspondent from 1984, with Nea Mesimvrini (1994), and with the Sunday Kathimerini (1995). He was a founding staff member of the private radio industry, a member of the Athens 9.84 station’s programming committee. He was political correspondent and editor in chief of Mega Channel from 1989 to 1999, and until July 2000 was with Star channel as a political commentator. He has won several prizes for journalism, he speaks English and is married to Mega anchorwoman Mara Zacharea. They have two children, 7-year-old Vassilis and 3-year-old Anna. Roussopoulos is the new minister of state and during the campaign was the party’s spokesman. On March 8, it was Roussopoulos who announced the Cabinet list at the Zappeion Hall – something which until now has been done by the prime ministers themselves. Another journalist is Yiannis Andrianos, who is now director of the prime minister’s press bureau after serving in the same capacity at party headquarters. Andrianos has worked for the 9.84 radio station, the press bureau at the Education Ministry, as a commentator with the Apogevmatini daily and as news editor at 9.84. He is married, with a 17-year-old daughter.