Debora Patta

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Debora Patta was born on 1 September, 1964 in Southern Rhodesia, is a Broadcast journalist, television producer, radio personality. Discover Debora Patta’s Biography, Age, Height, Physical Stats, Dating/Affairs, Family and career updates. Learn How rich is She in this year and how She spends money? Also learn how She earned most of networth at the age of 56 years old?

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OccupationBroadcast journalist, television producer, radio personality
Age56 years old
Zodiac SignVirgo
Born1 September 1964
Birthday1 September
BirthplaceSouthern Rhodesia
NationalitySouth African

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Debora Patta Height, Weight & Measurements

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Who Is Debora Patta’s Husband?

Her husband is Lance Levitas (m. 2003)

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HusbandLance Levitas (m. 2003)
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ChildrenChiara Mzizi, Isabella Levitas

Debora Patta Net Worth

She net worth has been growing significantly in 2018-19. So, how much is Debora Patta worth at the age of 56 years old? Debora Patta’s income source is mostly from being a successful . She is from South African. We have estimated Debora Patta’s net worth, money, salary, income, and assets.

Net Worth in 2020$1 Million – $5 Million
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Timeline of Debora Patta


Patta is the Africa correspondent for the American news program The CBS Evening News. She has been with CBS since 2013, following her departure from the long running investigative and current affairs show, 3rd Degree with Debora Patta.

In October 2013, Patta returned to Radio 702 as a stand-in talk radio host.

From 2000 to 2013 she was the executive producer and anchor of the weekly current affairs television programme 3rd Degree, a show conceptualized by her which focused on hard-hitting interviews. The final episode of 3rd Degree aired on 14 May 2013.

On 7 May 2013, and eNCA announced that Debora Patta had resigned “to pursue other interests as a freelancer for international news companies”.


In 2012 a puppet version of Patta voiced by Nikki Jackman was cast as co-host of the satirical television news programme ZANews.


In 2010 Patta publicly apologized on television to Chrisna de Kock, a Freedom Front Plus youth leader at the University of the Free State, after accusing her of being a racist in an interview on 3rd Degree. An spokesperson conceded that “the manner in which the allegation was put across was unfortunate” and the racism comment was subsequently retracted.


She played a key role in the launch of South Africa’s first 24-hour news channel eNews Channel Africa (eNCA) by in 2008.


She was appointed editor-in-chief of news in 2005. In 2009 she resigned her position as editor-in-chief, “to follow her passion for journalism” and focus on 3rd Degree.


AWB leader Eugène Terre’Blanche walked out of an interview with Patta after his release from prison in 2004. A complaint lodged against about the interview was dismissed by the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa.


Patta was voted one of the FHM 50 Most Eligible Women in the World by South African FHM readers in 2003.


Her hard-hitting journalism exposing racism in South Africa has angered conservative whites. Black members of the public have also accused her of being racist, e.g. after exposing corrupt black doctors who sold medical certificates and after interviewing “bling queen” Khanyi Mbau, and Jewish members of the public have accused her of being anti-Semitic after airing the controversial 2002 documentary Palestine Is Still the Issue.


In 2000 Patta and Mzizi unsuccessfully attempted to enter a whites-only picnic resort in the Free State together, filming the incident on a hidden camera for a 3rd Degree show on racism following which Patta received hate mail.


Patta has worked for, the first privately owned free-to-air television station in South Africa, since its inception in 1998. She started as a senior correspondent in Johannesburg and was subsequently appointed chief anchor of news.


In 1997 and 1998, while working as 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 (Air Crash Investigation or Air Emergency) documentary on the Helderberg plane crash.


In April 1995 Patta married Mweli Mzizi. The interracial couple had encountered hostility for a year, so she was surprised by the positive response of listeners to her announcement. They were married in January 1996 and the wedding was attended by hundreds of guests including Nelson Mandela. After the wedding the Department of Home Affairs notified Mzizi that the marriage was invalid because he did not fill out a form requiring black men to say that they were not already married. Newsweek reported that few South Africans were aware of this requirement and “many of the country’s marriages are probably illegal in the eyes of the bureaucracy”.


After graduating from university, Patta 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.


Patta studied at the University of Cape Town where she obtained a Bachelor of Social Sciences in 1984. She briefly taught aerobics while at university.


She moved to South Africa with her mother, a nurse and devout Catholic, and her sister in 1976 after her parents divorced. She attended Rustenburg School for Girls in the Rondebosch suburb of Cape Town, where she matriculated in 1981.


Debora Patta (born 1 September 1964) is a South African broadcast journalist and television producer investigative journalist. She was born in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and has origins from Calabria, Italy.