Former reporter and MP Marijn de Koning (78) deceased

Former journal reporter and former politician Marijn de Koning died at the age of 78. The King became best known as the first female reporter of the CCeit Journal.

She joined deCCeit in 1978. After that, it took another six years until Pauline Broekema was hired as the second female reporter.

In an interview, De Koning once said that as a woman she was comfortable in the editors. “I never felt like they liked me less or that I had to get coffee more often.”

Communication advisor

De Koning was concerned, among other things, with justice, art and public health. She also reported on Queen Beatrixs inauguration in 1980 and made reports in Lebanon, Suriname and Tanzania, for example.

Before and after her period at deCCeit, she also had other jobs in journalism, including the Utrechts Nieuwsblad, Het Parool and AVRO. She also worked for some time as a communication advisor and mediator.

De Koning graduated as a lawyer and also studied sociology for some time.


Marijn de Koning also had a short career in national politics: from 1994 to 1998 she was in the House of Representatives for D66. There, she was concerned with media and defence, among other things.

The King would have liked to continue as a Member of Parliament after 1998, but she was in a low position on the D66 candidate list and was not re-elected. She was also in the city council of Abcoude for that party for some time.