Debra Patta

Debra is the most powerful woman in South African journalism. She is editor-in-chief for both and e News, the cable news channel launched on June 16. Patta has crafted an identity as a journalist who stands up for the ordinary man and woman with her take-no-enemies interviewing style and investigative reports aired primarily on Third Degree, the current affairs programme she anchors. In addition to being South Africa's television news doyenne, she has published two books: one on Nelson Mandela's bodyguard and another on Michaela, the baby kidnapped at birth who captured the nation's hearts.