Debora Patta: age, family, height, career, Julius Malema, net worth, profiles

Debora Patta: age, family, height, career, Julius Malema, net worth, profiles

Who is Debora Patta? Debora Patta is a gorgeous, talented reporter for CBS News. Over the years, she has gained a wealth of experience to become a treasured household name. She hosted CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley (2011), among other globally-renowned shows.

Debora Patta
Debora Patta, CBS News Foreign Correspondent. Photo: SAndrew Levy/CBS via Getty Images
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The award-winning investigative journalist, writer, and breaking news reporter Debora Patta, is best known as a CBS News Foreign Correspondent based in Johannesburg, SA. How old is Debora Patta? Where is she from? Here is everything you need to know about the highly qualified and experienced TV girl, including her age and background.

Debora Patta profile

  • Full name: Debora Patta
  • Date of birth: September 1, 1964
  • Place of birth: Southern Rhodesia (Current Zimbabwe)
  • Zodiac sign: Virgo
  • Debora Patta age: Will be turning 57 years old later in 2021
  • Nationality: Zimbabwean-born South African
  • Ethnicity: Caucasian
  • Descent: Italian
  • Religion: Raised Catholic
  • Siblings: Has a sister
  • Schools attended: Rustenburg School for Girls, University of Cape Town
  • Debora Patta height: 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
  • Weight: 132 lbs (60 kilograms)
  • Body measurements: 34-25-36 inches (breast, waist, and hips, respectively)
  • Dress size: 7 (US)
  • Shoe size:7.5 (US)
  • Eye colour: Brown
  • Hair colour: Blonde
  • Sexual orientation: Straight
  • Marital status: Married
  • Spouses: Mweli Mzizi (1996–2002), Lance Levitas (2003–2011), Andrew (Surfer-boy) Levy ( 2012 - present)
  • Children: 2
  • Debora Patta Instagram: @deborapattacbs
  • Twitter: @Debora_Patta
  • Occupation: Investigative and broadcast journalist, writer, editor, and television producer
  • Famous for: Her role as a CBS News Foreign Correspondent

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Debora Patta biography

Debora Patta: age, family, height, career, Julius Malema, net worth, profiles
Debora Patta's contact details and social media handles are in this article. Photo: @Macauzza
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Debora Patta from CBS has origins from Calabria, Italy, with her father being an Italian from Rome who had emigrated as a railway employee to Southern Rhodesia. Her ancestors were from Praia a Mare in Calabria. Her mother was a nurse and devout Catholic.

Debora Patta's family lived in Rome for a while when she was young, and the celebrity considers Italy her second home as she travels there frequently. In 1976, after Debora Patta's parents divorced, the celebrity, her mother, and sister moved to South Africa.


The Zimbabwean-born South African studied at Rustenburg School for Girls in the Rondebosch suburb of Cape Town. She matriculated in 1981 and then joined the University of Cape Town to study Bachelor of Social Sciences. She briefly taught aerobics while at the university and graduated in 1984.

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Debora Patta
Debora Patta. Photo: @CBSThisMorning
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After graduating from college, Patta started her career as a political activist teaching literacy in Cape Town's squatter camps. She joined BBC Radio, South Africa as a reporter in 1990.

She then became the news editor for Talk Radio 702 from 1991 to 1998, returning to the station in October 2013 as a stand-in talk radio host. She worked as a host and executive producer for Third Degree (an investigative journalism programme) for 15 years (1998-2013).

Ms. Patta was also the editor-in-chief for and will be remembered as part of the news division that launched South Africa's first 24hr news channel (eNews Channel Africa (eNCA)) between January 2004 and October 2009. She resigned from to work as a freelancer for international news companies.

Debora Patta's current job

Debora Patta
Debora Patta. Photo: @TVwithThinus
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Where is Debora Patta now? According to Debora Patta's 2021 LinkedIn profile, she has been with CBS News, Johannesburg, for over 8 years (May 2013 to present). Some of the major international stories that she has reported include the Ebola outbreak, bombing of a Syrian children's hospital, famine in South Sudan, terror attacks in Brussels and Spain, and the kidnapping of schoolgirls by Boko Haram. In summary, her CBS News foreign correspondent roles include:

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  • 2021: CBS Weekend News as herself
  • 2019-2021: CBS This Morning: Saturday
  • 2019-2020: CBS Evening News with Norah O'Donnell
  • 2014-2020: Face the Nation
  • 2014-2019: CBS This Morning
  • 2014: CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley

Other than CBS News, she works as an independent investigative journalist for Channel 4 (UK) and City Press (South Africa).

The Julius Malema vs Debora Patta interview is one of the many that stirred conversations in the country. Other than Debora Patta and Julius Malema interview, Debora has interacted with several other notable people such as Nelson Mandela, Oprah Winfrey, Thabo Mbeki, Shimon Peres, Harry and Meghan, Jacob Zuma, Cyril Ramaphosa, Eugene Terre'Blanche, and Robert McBride.

Debora Patta
Debora Patta. Photo: @TVwithThinus
Source: Twitter


In 2015, Debora was part of the CBS News team nominated to receive an Emmy Award for their coverage of the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa. Some of her awards include:

  • 1992: South African Checkers Journalist of the Year
  • 2009: Vodacom Media Woman of the Year
  • 2004: One of MTN's 10 Remarkable Women in Media
  • 2003: one of the FHM 50 Most Eligible Women in the World
  • 2010: Tricolor Globe Award from the Italian Women in the World Association
  • 2018: Scripps Howard award for broadcast excellence

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In 2000, the CBS News correspondent wrote a book on Nelson Mandela after his death. Some of her non-professional accomplishments include summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro and running a New York City Marathon.

Debora Patta husband

Debora married Mweli Mzizi in January 1996 in a ceremony that was attended by hundreds of guests, including Nelson Mandela. However, after the wedding, the Department of Home Affairs nullified the marriage because Mzizi had not filled out the form that required black men to say that they were not already married. Despite the ups and downs that they had faced, the couple divorced in 2002.

On 28th June 2003, Patta married Lance Levitas. The small ceremony of about 30 family members and close friends took place at a villa in Rome, Italy. Like the first marriage, the relationship ended in divorce in 2011.

Andrew Levy and Debora Patta

What happened to Debora Patta? Debora is currently married to Andrew Levy, a former veteran of the U.S. Army. Levy is a commentator and humorist, photographer, pioneer educator, and part-time surfer. They married in 2012.

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Patta has 2 daughters, the eldest is a student at the University of Cape Town and worked as a presenter for YoTV on SABC 1. The youngest daughter is nicknamed El and not much is known about her publically. The family lives in Johannesburg.

Debora Patta's net worth

Debora Patta
Debora Patta. Photo: @Eusebius
Source: Twitter

Debora Patta 2020 wealth was approximately $100, 000-1 million, according to some sources. The exact figure is unknown, but she must have accumulated considerable wealth following her successful career in the media industry.

Known as "Mandela's favourite journalist", Debora Patta is an admirable media personality. She has come a long way to be where she is and is an inspiration to young people to be patient to accomplish their dreams in life. We wish her all the best in life.

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