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Debora Patta
Debora Patta
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Category:
Speaker, MC
Location:
Johannesburg South Africa
Preferred Language:
English
Tags:
Journalist,MC,motivation,Presenter,Professional Speaker,South Africa
Profile:
Guest Speaker Debora Patta is a respected international broadcaster covering Africa, Middle East and other conflict zones around the world.  She is currently a Foreign Correspondent for CBS News.  Her career spans radio and television as both an on-air newswoman and a senior editorial manager.
 
She began working in radio freelancing for the BBC and in 1990 started at a popular Johannesburg based talk radio station 702. She is particularly well-known for her coverage of Nelson Mandela during his election campaign as South Africa’s first  black president. He used to call her “his favourite journalist.”
 
Patta moved to independent free-to-air television station e.tv in 1998 where she was Editor-in-Chief of e.news launching the country’s first 24hr TV channel and mentoring a generation of reporters. Patta was also the host and Executive Producer of Third Degree for 13 years – a no-holds barred investigative current affairs programme and terror to the corrupt and powerful.  
 
Since 2013 Patta has worked as a foreign correspondent for CBS News covering Africa and breaking stories around the globe.    Her reports include terror attacks in Europe and Africa; the fall of Aleppo, Syria; the death of Nelson Mandela; the 2014 Ebola outbreak; famine in South Sudan; the kidnap of schoolgirls by Boko Haram in Nigeria; the ambush of US soldiers in Niger; conflict zones in Somalia, Niger, Cameroon, Nigeria, Burkino Faso, Mali and the DRC; child cobalt mining in the DRC ; Ebola and War in the DRC, the Ethiopian boeing plane crash; the Hong Kong protests and most recently the Covid-19 pandemic in Asia and Africa.
 
She is a multi-award winning journalist and a two time Emmy nominee -  these awards include the Vodacom Media Woman of the Year SA, South Africa’s Most Influential Woman in Media SA, MTN’s Outstanding Women in Media SA, Italy’s Woman of the World , the Edward R Murrow award, the NABJ Salute To Excellence, a Scripps Howard award for broadcast excellence and the prestigious US Free Expression Awards.
 
Patta has  co-authored two books Baby Micaela and One Step Behind Mandela. She is an avid runner and yogi, the proud mother of two independent minded daughters who live with her and her life partner Andrew Levy.
Guest Speaker Debora Patta is a respected international broadcaster covering Africa, Middle East and other conflict zones around the world.  She is currently a Foreign Correspondent for CBS News.  Her career spans radio and television as both an on-air newswoman and a senior editorial manager.
 
She began working in radio freelancing for the BBC and in 1990 started at a popular Johannesburg based talk radio station 702. She is particularly well-known
Synopsis:
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PRESENTATIONS by Debora Patta


What Now - Taking off in a post-pandemic world **NEW PRESENTATION**
 
Everyone keeps saying things will never be the same again.  As we mourn the loss of a way of life we knew - what awaits us in a post-pandemic world?
Internationally renowned broadcaster Debora Patta looks at what lessons we can learn from this pandemic and the many global issues facing us today.  And how we can use this to create something new as we move into an uncertain future.  What kind of world do we want and how do we achieve it?   Patta has reported in Africa and Asia on this pandemic and other global stories and shares her insights, learnings and inspiring moments along this journey.  
 

What Would You Do If You Weren't Afraid  **NEW PRESENTATION**

In this presentation Debora looks at all the things that hold women back personally and in the business world.

 
Why South Africa still Matters! Ten reasons why SA remains the best place to be!
 
“For every one South African holding out a gun, there are ten more holding out a hand of friendship.” This remains true despite all the issues South Africa faces. Renowned local and international broadcaster Debora Patta spends most of her time with the darkest part of humanity but in this talk she speaks about why, despite all the bad she witnesses, South Africa remains one of the best places to live and do business in.
This is no fluffy light-hearted address – but a gritty, tell-all approach that reveals South Africa warts and all. Be moved to tears and fall in love with South Africa all over again as Debora Patta takes a long hard look at this country through the perspective of more than twenty years of tough reporting.
 
 
Leadership Lessons from Nelson Mandela:
 
Former South African President Nelson Mandela is a global icon who leaves an enduring legacy as a former political prisoner turned president. A man who showed that true leadership is about servanthood. That generosity of spirit and power can go hand in hand. And that reconciliation and forgiveness is more powerful than any weapon. Debora Patta provides insights from her experience of covering Mandela’s release from jail, his presidency and beyond. And shares memorable personal moments spent in his company. Leadership lessons from Mandela provides invaluable insights for both individual and company growth.
 
 
Re-invention – how a phoenix rises from the ashes:
 
In May 2013 Debora Patta walked away from a 15 year television show that had become the most successful current affairs programme in South Africa. “It was time,” Patta says, “to re-invent myself and start afresh once again. I had grown comfortable and was worried that I would stagnate. “ She resigned and went on to develop her journalistic career on an international platform.
 
Renowned broadcaster and story-teller Debora Patta now brings a brand new keynote address. Drawing on two decades of high profile journalism covering stories around the globe – Patta tells riveting stories of how to re-invent, re-ignite and change.
 
How does a city like New York recover after the catastrophic events of 9/11?
 
What does Oprah Winfrey have to teach about re-invention?
 
The political prisoner turned global icon of reconciliation – Nelson Mandela powerful lessons in leadership.
 
Can Oscar Pistorius ever rehabilitate himself?
 
Recovering from crisis or simply needing reinvention – Patta uses her first hand account of major local and international events to provide insight and inspiration to businesses and individuals in need of transformation, reinvigoration and resilience.
 
 
Reputation Management:
 
Debora Patta is a renowned broadcaster with over 20 years experience in television and radio. She is famous for her no-holds barred journalism and being unafraid to ask the tough questions. Who better than to provide lessons for PR and Management in how to negotiate the tricky terrain of managing your reputation. Speaking from firsthand experience in interviewing some of the world’s toughest characters – Patta teaches how to survive crises and scandal with elegance and grace. This can be done either as a talk or a full training workshop.
 
 
Finding Your Voice:
 
This is particularly aimed at groups of women. Debora Patta is renowned for her no-holds barred journalism and fearless investigations. She talks on how women need to find their voice, advocate for themselves and instead of knocking on doors, bashing them down.
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PRESENTATIONS by Debora Patta

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INTRODUCTION for DEBORA PATTA

Debora Patta is one of the most respected broadcast journalists in the country with a career that has spanned both Management and Editorial responsibilities over the past 20 years. She is a multiple award-winning journalist who was recently honoured with the 2009 Vodacom Media Woman of the Year. Debora is the Executive Producer and anchor of the highest rated South African current affairs show, Third Degree and is famous for her no-holds barred interviewing style.
Until October 2009 she was the Group-Editor-in-Chief and in this role she spearheaded the launch of South Africa’s first 24hr news channel She was responsible for growing the business financially and editorially and has mentored a generation of broadcasters.

Prior to e.tv Patta worked at independent talk station 702 for nine years. Here she worked her way up the ranks from reporter to Chief Correspondent and News Editor. She has covered virtually every major story both domestically and internationally over the past two decades from Nelson Mandela’s release from jail to both Gulf Wars and 9/11, from the township violence prior to democracy to Barack Obama’s election as the first African-American President. Her work has allowed her to interview presidents, heads of state, business leaders, and celebrities.
INTRODUCTION for DEBORA PATTA

Debora Patta is one of the most respected broadcast journalists in the country with a career t
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