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Debora Patta is a CBS News foreign correspondent based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She joined CBS News in 2013 and has reported on major international stories across the continent, including the Ebola outbreak, the kidnapping of schoolgirls by Boko Haram and the famine in South Sudan. She has covered the Middle East and Europe, including the bombing of a Syrian children’s hospital, the fall of Aleppo and terror attacks in Brussels, France and Spain.
Patta, who wrote a book on Nelson Mandela in 2000, was CBS News’s lead correspondent after his death. Recently, she reported from Niger after Islamic militants ambushed U.S and Nigerian soldiers. Her reporting on child cobalt miners in the Democratic Republic of the Congo prompted an outpouring of support from CBS News viewers who donated money to send children to school.
Prior to CBS, Patta was a journalist in South Africa and has received numerous honors for her international reporting, including an Edward R. Murrow Award.