Debora Patta Investigative Journalist, Storyteller, MC, Specialised Facilitator
Debora Patta is one of the most respected broadcasters in South Africa. Her 20 year career spans radio and television as both an on-air newswoman and a senior editorial manager.
She is a multi-award winning journalist with a gift for bringing the news as it is, often revealing the inspiring stories beyond the headlines. Despite Debora’s reputation as a tough investigative journalist, her stories from behind the news and camera are inspiring and sometimes very moving.
Debora Patta began working in radio freelancing for the BBC and in 1990 started at the well-known Johannesburg based Talk Radio Station 702. Here she started as a reporter and worked her way up to News Editor covering some of the biggest stories of the day.
Until September 2009, she was the Editor-In-Chief of Etv News. She has trained and mentored a generation of reporters and she led the team that launched South Africa’s first 24 hour news service. Under Debora’s leadership, Etv News became the most watched English television news service in the country.
As host and Executive Producer of Third Degree, Patta has become famous for her ‘no-holds-barred’ interviewing style in which she is not afraid to ask the tough questions. Third Degree is a cutting edge investigative journalism program which has the highest audience ratings of any current affairs program in South Africa, across all channels.
Debora Patta is a multi-award winning journalist. In 2009, she won the Vodacom’s Media Woman of the Year, South Africa’s Most Influential Woman in Media (2010) and Italy’s Woman of the World (2010). She has co-authored two books – Baby Micaela and One Step Behind Mandela.
Debora currently works as an international correspondent for networks in the UK and the USA. She is based in Johannesburg and she has recently started her own production company.
Debora is a sought after public speaker and MC – her clients have included:
• La Farge
• Norton Rose Fulbright
• Ernst and Young
• Duke University Corporate Education
• Deloitte & Touche
• PPC Cement