Stephen Grootes

Political reporter, Eyewitness News

As the results poured into the Independent Elections Commission centre in Pretoria late April this year, Stephen Grootes sat at one of the long desks in the reporter's den, broadcasting results throughout the day to Eyewitness News listeners on Talk Radio 702 and 94.7 Highveld Stereo. Everybody listened. Even the other journalists who sat right next to him. Because we all knew that whatever Grootes was reporting was spot on and we, like the rest of the nation, take serious note of his breaking analysis to help us better understand what's unfolding. Grootes is a Rhodes University journalism graduate who worked as a radio news editor and reporter in London before coming back home and getting a job at Talk Radio 702. He was named the regional Vodacom Journalist of the Year for two years running in 2005 and 2006; in 2007 he won the Webber Wentzel Bowens Legal Journalist of the Year Award for electronic journalism. � Tanya Pampalone

Lunch spot: Radium Beer Hall, Orange Grove, Johannesburg