Knop studied business administration at the University of Münster and completed a traineeship at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung for 1993. 1995 joined the journalistic education department as the first editor: For the "Börsen-Zeitung" he went to Düsseldorf 1996 returned to the Düsseldorf office of the FAZ. After three years of reporting to the companies on the Rhine and Ruhr, he went to New York in May 1999 as an economic correspondent, in April 2001 followed the move to San Francisco to observe the events in "Silicon Valley". 2003 he returned to the Frankfurt headquarters and has been there since the beginning of 2007, among other things responsible editor for corporate reporting, since the end of 2014 also for the economic reporting. Knop is married and has two children.