Aarne Rannamäe dies at 58
Long-time editor and presenter at Estonian Public Broadcasting, Aarne Rannamäe, died unexpectedly on Saturday. Rannamäe was one of the best-known faces of ERR and had been with the broadcaster for 35 years.
Aarne Rannamäe was born on May 10, 1958 in Tartu. He entered Tartu University in 1976 to study journalism. Already then, foreign policy was an interest of his, which he would later make one of the main focuses of his career in journalism.
After he finished university in 1981, Rannamäe took up work with ETV. In the 1980s, he became a presenter of social and political magazines on Estonian TV.
Since the 1990s, Rannamäe had been part of the broadcaster’s main TV newscast, “Aktuaalne Kaamera”. In the second half of the 90s, he ran its editors’ office. Until his death Rannamäe was responsible for Aktuaalne Kaamera’s international reporting.
Rannamäe was also known for his work as the presenter of “Vabariigi kodanikud” (“Citizens of the Republic”), a current events talk show. He also worked as a presenter with ERR’s Vikerraadio.
For his work, Rannamäe was awarded the Order of the White Star, Fifth Class, in 2007, and also ERR’s highest recognition for exceptional journalism, the Valdo Pant award, in 2008.