Debora Patta Biography

Debora Patta is a South African broadcast journalist and television producer investigative journalist. She is currently working at CBS as a foreign correspondent based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Debora joined the station in 2013.

Debora Patta Age and Birthday

Debora is 58 years old as of 2023. She was born on 1 September 1964 in Zimbabwe. She celebrates her birthday on 1 September every year.

Debora Patta Height and Weight

Patta stands at an approximate height of 5 feet and 7 inches. She weighs 60 kilograms. Her body measurement is 34-25-36 inches.

Debora Patta Family, Parents, and Siblings

Debora was born in Southern Rhodesia, where her Italian father had emigrated as a railway employee. Her father was from Rome, Italy and she lived there for a while when she was young. Her Italian family is originally from Praia a Mare in Calabria. She moved to South Africa with her mother, a nurse, and devout Catholic, and her sister in 1976 after her parents divorced.

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Debora Patta Husband

Patta got married to Mweli Mzizi. They were married in January 1996 and the wedding was attended by hundreds of guests including Nelson Mandela. She has two daughters. Her elder daughter, Chiara Mzizi, has worked as a presenter for YoTV, a youth entertainment show broadcast by SABC 1, and was a student at the University of Cape Town. As of 2019, Patta lived in Johannesburg with her youngest daughter, Ella, and her partner, Andrew Levy.

Debora Patta Education

Debora attended Rustenburg School for Girls in the Rondebosch suburb of Cape Town, where she matriculated in 1981. She studied at the University of Cape Town where she obtained a Bachelor of Social Sciences in 1984. She briefly taught aerobics while at college.

Debora Patta Career

Debora is a foreign correspondent for CBS News who is stationed in Johannesburg, South Africa. She joined CBS News in 2013 and has covered big international stories across Africa, including the Ebola outbreak, Boko Haram’s kidnapping of a schoolgirl, and the South Sudan famine. Debora contributes to all CBS News broadcasts and platforms, including CBS Evening News and CBS Streaming Network, which is the company’s primary 24/7 anchored streaming news service.

Patta started her career after she graduated from college, where she worked as a political activist teaching literacy in Cape Town’s squatter camps until 1990 when she started working as a freelance reporter for the BBC. Patta joined Radio 702 in Johannesburg as a reporter in 1990 and worked her way up to news editor in 1994 and special assignments editor in 1997. The first news story she worked on that was aired on Radio 702 was about the return of ANC leader Oliver Tambo from exile in December 1990.

While working as a news and special assignments editor for Radio 702 and its sister station Cape Talk, she investigated and reported on the 1986 plane crash in which Mozambican President Samora Machel was killed. She received several threatening phone calls during the investigation. In June 1998 she participated in a post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission special hearing, providing expert opinion and assisting with questioning regarding the 1987 Helderberg plane crash and the Machel plane crash. She was later interviewed for a 2008 Mayday documentary on the Helderberg plane crash.

Debora Patta Net worth and Salary

Patta receives an annual salary ranging between $ 20,000-$ 100,000. She also has an estimated net worth of $ 1 million which she has acquired in her career as a journalist.

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