NONTYATYAMBO PETROS

Nontyatyambo Petros is a commissioning editor at the Financial Mail. People often call her Ntyatyi, a tongue-saving trick she does not mind. She has an interesting pedigree: a black woman who went to the exclusive Mary Waters High School in Grahamstown before graduating in 1996 from Rhodes University with a joint honours degree in journalism and media studies and industrial sociology. She took a career detour after university, starting out as a copywriter with an advertising agency, followed by a stint at the National Research Foundation before entering the field of journalism. Petros joined Business Day in 2000 as an online news editor, then became a media reporter and finally a labour correspondent. She has presented papers at local and international conferences and, in 2002, took part in a United Nations Fellowship in New York. In 2004, she returned to Grahamstown to edit Grocott's Mail, becoming one of the first women editors of a newspaper in South Africa. After two years, Petros was back in Johannesburg, as projects editor at Financial Mail, before taking up her current position. She loves reading and travelling.

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