South African news presenter Debora Patta has been nominated for a news Emmy for her work as the Africa correspondent for the US-based TV network show, CBS Evening News.
The seasoned journalist is nominated for a story The War Against Ebola, which covers the Ebola outbreak that ravaged Liberia last year in October. She is one of the few South African journalists who travelled to Liberia to report on the epidemic.
Patta made a name for herself on e.tv’s current affairs program 3rd Degree with her hard-hitting interviews. She was the executive producer and anchor for the program for over ten years.
CBS News has been recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with 44 News and Documentary Emmy Award nominations, with Patta’s CBS Evening News story nominated in the Emmy category for Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a regularly scheduled newscast.
'I am over the moon. My children think it's awesome,' Patta told The Herald. 'I have finally made it in their eyes.'
The category winners for the 36th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards will be announced in New York at Lincoln Centre on 28 September.