Debora Patta (below right) is an award-winning investigative journalist whose work on the groundbreaking show Third Degree has made her a household name. She continues to pursue breaking-news stories, from the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa to Boko Haram militancy in Nigeria. Megan Lubke, 33, joined Third Degree as an intern and although she was raw and inexperienced Patta remembers her as having that ‘X factor’. Working long hours in the newsroom, the young reporter slowly made her way up the media ladder to become the Senior Producer for the current aairs show Checkpoint.
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The two have worked on many stories together and Patta has watched Lubke grow from a tentative new recruit to a confident and expert investigative journalist in her own right. She describes Lubke as tenacious and fearless, recalling an incident when the young reporter threw herself in front of a huge, muscled AWB supporter who’d punched a black colleague. ‘A free and independent media is one of the cornerstones of our democracy and more than ever we need courageous journalists to shine a light on injustice and expose those who are corrupt and abuse power,’ says Patta.
WORDS FOR THE YOUNG STAR ‘Don’t knock on doors, bash them down. Don’t wait for opportunities – go and seize them, because in the media industry opportunities don’t look for you. Don’t be afraid to ask dicult questions – particularly the tough questions that those in power do not want to answer.’