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ABOUT

Aletta Harrison is a multimedia journalist and passionate visual storyteller.

 

Born in South Africa, she emigrated to England aged 15 with her family, but was drawn back 11 years later and settled in Cape Town in 2010.

Her career in journalism began in 2008 when she started working at a BBC radio station on the island of Guernsey in the English Channel. This was a great training ground which saw her working as a broadcast journalist, radio producer and news anchor. 

 

In 2010 she started working at Eyewitness News in Cape Town, first as a radio reporter, then as a sub-editor and later as multimedia journalist. Here she gained extensive experience in reporting on the entire spectrum of news, from conflict and politics to sport and features as well as contributing to radio news bulletins.

During this time she played a key role in the development of innovative digital storytelling, including interactive features.

In 2016 she elected to become a freelance journalist in order to pursue stories beyond South Africa's borders and the scope of the daily news diary. During this time she travelled to Uganda to document the South Sudan refugee crisis for UNICEF, amongst others.

In 2017 she joined the News24 Video team as Multimedia Projects Lead in order to help develop the company's digital storytelling and now serves as Deputy Video Editor for News24.

Her work has appeared on television, both in South Africa and abroad and clients include UNICEF, TRT World, Times LIVE, Primedia Broadcasting, Chronicle, Health-e News, GroundUp, Anadolu Agency and Moneyweb. 

 

She has interviewed notable public figures and celebrities over the years, including Desmond Tutu, Richard Branson, Jane Goodall, John Cleese, Sixto Rodrigues and FW de Klerk to name but a few.

 

 

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