Born in 1947 in Krefeld, Germany, Margot Overath studied Social Sciences after having completed an apprenticeship as a bank teller and another in business management. In 1982 she started working as a freelancer for several divisions at the German public broadcaster ARD, and was hired as a permanent employee by Radio Bremen in 1982. She has worked as a radio feature author since 1984, and worked in parallel as a research assistant at the Hamburg Institute of Social Research from 1985 until 1988. Between 1996 and 1999 Overath had a second job teaching aspiring journalists at the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg. Her journalistic work has included in-depth analysis of the RAF (Red Army Faction) terrorism in Germany, which culminated in features such as the one about the RAF deserter Peter-Jürgen Boock (WDR West German Public Broadcasting, RBB Berlin Public Broadcasting 1985) or a biographical work about Gudrun Ensslin (RBB Berlin Brandenburg Public Broadcasting, WDR West German Public Broadcasting, NDR North German Public Broadcasting 2005) and contemporary as well as historical analyses such as "Ausweglos. Selbstmorde in Wendezeiten" ("No way out. Suicides in times of change") (RBB Berlin Public Broadcasting, SFB Free Berlin Public Broadcasting, DLF German public radio station 1992); "Es ist schwer, damit zu leben. Vom Trauma namens Auschwitz" ("It is hard to live with it. About the trauma named Auschwitz") (RBB Berlin Public Broadcasting 1994) and "Todesmarsch. Die Evakuierung der Konzentrationslager von Januar bis Mai 1945" ("Death March. The evacuation of the concentration camps from January until May 1945") (DRadio-Berlin, RBB Berlin Public Broadcasting 1995). Margot Overath has been honoured on various occasions for her features on the asylum seeker Oury Jalloh from Sierra Leone, who died while in police custody in Dessau, Germany in 2005. Margot Overath was the only journalist who covered the legal investigation of the fatality through all levels of German jurisdiction, and she questioned the results of investigations by police and the public prosecution department in two features ("Verbrannt in Polizeizelle Nummer fünf. Der Tod des Asylbewerbers Oury Jalloh in Dessau" ("Burned to death in police cell number five. The death of the asylum seeker Oury Jalloh in Dessau"), MDR Central German Public Broadcasting, DLF German public radio station, NDR North German Public Broadcasting 2010 and "Oury Jalloh. Die widersprüchlichen Wahrheiten eines Todesfalls" ("Oury Jalloh. The contradictory truths of a case of death"), MDR Central German Public Broadcasting, WDR West German Public Broadcasting, NDR North German Public Broadcasting 2014). Her investigations are part of the reason why police have begun a murder investigation against persons unknown.