Rose Ramsay

Group executive producer: eNews, eSat TV

When Rose Ramsay's kindergarten teacher tried to explain to her that the only profession for girls was nursing, she decided to be a fighter pilot when she grew up. Today, although she may work at a different altitude, with bulletins replacing bullets, Ramsay's role as group executive producer for eNews puts her in the daily firing line of news from around the country, continent and world. Her cockpit is the control room, and through she admits to occasionally having to fly by the seat of her pants when things are falling down around her, her aim is to broadcast the highest-quality news possible, a service she considers pivotal to democracy. Although she started as a lowly intern at eTV, Ramsay's fighting spirit, tenacity and willingness to work extremely hard fuelled her ascent to group executive producer by the age of 31. Among the highlights of an exciting career have been producing stories from the field on the terror attacks in Mumbai, being a member of the team that broadcast eNews's first 24-hour news bulletin and being highly recommended at the 2010 CNN Africa Journalist of the Year awards for her reporting from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ramsay strives to continue to raise the standards of 24-hour broadcasting in South Africa and to bring about easier, faster and cheaper ways to broadcast. She simultaneously strives to show young people that hard work and passion can get you everywhere � even at a young age � as she has proven. Although she can no longer play classical guitar because a finger bone was replaced with titanium after a somewhat rough soccer game, she takes time out from the blitzkrieg of the newsroom to spend as much quiet time as she can on yachts, in the bush, or taking pictures and updating the blog she shares with her sister. � Lu Larche

Blog: quigleysculture.blogspot.com Twitter: @roseramsay