Engert grew up in Dresden and graduated from high school there in 1954. Because he was denied a place at university in the GDR , he went to live with relatives in Munich and enrolled at Ludwig Maximilians University . After two semesters, he moved to West Berlin and studied history, German and philosophy at the Free University . While still a student, Engert sat in on the West Berlin tabloid newspaper Der Abend. There he started as a political editor in 1961 and became its editor-in-chief in 1974. With the sale of the newspaper in 1980, Engert left the editorial office and turned to the medium of television. At the SFB he became head of the political department in 1983 and finally, in 1987, television editor-in-chief. He also moderated the political magazine Kontraste on ARD from 1984 to 1998 . Engert was involved in founding the ARD capital studio as a founding director and remained its director until his retirement in 2001. He is also a member of the board of trustees of the TU Dresden and deputy chairman of the Deutsche Gesellschaft eV .
- Screenplay for the feature film Once on Ku'damm and back based on a true story by Peter and Christa Gross-Feurich .
- My god Berlin. From the Elbe to the Spree: A German way of life . Hohenheim Verlag, Stuttgart / Leipzig 2001, ISBN 3-89850-044-6 .
- as editor: Soldiers for Hitler. The book for the ARD series. Rowohlt Verlag, Berlin 1998.
- as publisher: Home Front: Everyday Warfare in Germany 1939–1945. Book accompanying the large ARD television documentary. Nicolai, Berlin 1999, ISBN 3-87584-880-2 .
- Contributions to: Bernd Kaufmann (Hrsg.): The German Unity: Errors and Detours. (= Edition Schloss Neuhardenberg Foundation. Volume 8). Theater der Zeit, Berlin 2010, ISBN 978-3-940737-69-4 .
- Walter Scheel: Memories and Insights. In conversation with Jürgen Engert. Hohenheim-Verlag, Stuttgart / Leipzig 2004, ISBN 3-89850-115-9 .
- Jürgen Engert: Clarity is his concern. In: Der Tagesspiegel. January 29, 2001 (for his 65th birthday)
- FU Berlin
|SHORT DESCRIPTION||German journalist|
|DATE OF BIRTH||January 17, 1936|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Dresden|