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
She 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.
She is particularly well-known for her coverage of
Nelson Mandela from his release to his election as
South Africa’s first black head of state and of
course his presidency.
Patta moved to independent free-to-air television
station e.tv in 1998 where she is currently
Executive Producer and host of the current affairs
show Third Degree .
Until September 2009 she was the Editor-in-Chief of
e.news. She has trained and mentored a generation
of reporters and led the team that launched South
Africa’s first 24 hour news service. Under Patta’s
leadership e.news became the most watched English
television news service in the country.