Debora Patta Bio, CBS 42, Age, Height, Parents, Spouse, Children, Salary, and Net Worth

Who is Debora Patta?

South African Broadcaster and Producer Investigative Journalist, Debora Patta, works with CBS 42 where she serves the station as a correspondent. Patta has been working there since 2013.

Debora Patta
Debora Patta

Debora Patta Date of Birth / Age

Patta is 58 years old as of 2023 as she was born on 1st September 1964.

Debora Patta Height

Patta is 5 feet and 7 inches tall.

Debora Patta Parents and Siblings

Patta was born in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), where her Italian father had immigrated as a railway worker. Her father was from Rome, Italy and she lived there for a time when she was young. His Italian family comes from Praia a Mare in Calabria. He considers Italy his second home and travels there regularly. After her parents divorced, she moved to South Africa in 1976 with her mother, a nurse and devout Catholic, and her sister

Debora Patta Spouse / Husband

Patta got married to Mweli Mzizi. They married in January 1996 and hundreds of guests including Nelson Mandela attended the wedding. Newsweek reported that few South Africans were aware of this requirement and that “many marriages in this country are likely illegal in the eyes of the bureaucracy”. She later married Lance Levitas in 2003

Debora Patta Kids / Children

Patta has two daughters. His eldest daughter, Chiara Mzizi, worked as a presenter on YoTV, a youth entertainment program broadcast by SABC 1, and was a student at the University of Cape Town. As of 2019, Patta lived in Johannesburg with her youngest daughter Ella and her partner Andrew Levy.

Debora Patta Education

Patta attended the Rustenburg Girls’ School in Rondebosch, a suburb of Cape Town, where she graduated in 1981. Patta was educated at the University of Cape Town, where she earned a BA in Social Sciences in 1984.

Debora Patta Career


Patta joined Radio 702 in Johannesburg as a reporter in 1990 and was promoted to Editor in 1994 and Special Assignment Editor in 1997. The first news item he was working on and broadcast on Radio 702 concerned the return of ANC leader Oliver Tambo from exile in December 1990. In 1997 and 1998, while working as a news and special editor for Radio 702 and its sister station Cape Talk, she investigated and covered up the 1986 plane crash that killed Mozambique President Samora Machel.

During the investigation, he received several threatening phone calls. In June 1998, she attended a post-apartheid-era special hearing by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She provided expert advice and attended hearings on the Helderberg plane crash and the Machel plane crash. She was later interviewed for the 2008 documentary Mayday (Air Crash Investigation or Air Emergency) about the Helderberg plane crash. In October 2013, Patta returned to Radio 702 as an assistant radio presenter.


Patta has worked for, South Africa’s first private free-to-air TV channel, since its inception in 1998. She started as Senior Correspondent in Johannesburg and then became a Senior Presenter of the channel. From 2000 to 2013, she was executive producer and host of the weekly public affairs television show 3rd Degree, a show she conceived and focused on hard-hitting interviews. The final episode of 3rd Degree aired on May 14, 2013. coverage of major international events such as the September 11 attacks and the death of Princess Diana and interviews with many figures such as Shimon Peres, Oprah Winfrey, Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Jacob Zuma, Cyril Ramaphosa, Julius Malema, Eugene Terre Blanche, and Robert McBride.

Debora’s appointment as Editor-in-Chief e.Newscast in 2005. In 2009, she resigned as Editor-in-Chief “to pursue her passion for journalism” and to focus on her 3rd degree. was instrumental in launching South Africa’s first 24-hour news channel,’s eNews Channel Africa (eNCA) in 2008. In 2012, a puppet version of Patty, voiced by Nikki Jackman, was cast as the host of the satirical television show ZANEWS. On 7 May 2013, and eNCA announced that Debora Patta had resigned “to pursue other freelance interests for international news organizations”. After leaving, he began working as a foreign correspondent for CBS News.

CBS 42

Debora works with CBS 42 where she serves alongside her fellow anchors, reporters, and meteorologists such as;

  1. Jane Pauley
  2. Mark Phillips
  3. Enrique Acevedo
  4. David Agus
  5. Bill Owens
  6. Elizabeth Palmer
  7. Alvin Patrick
  8. David Pogue
  9. Jeff Pegues
  10. Alison Pepper
  11. Elaine Quijano
  12. David Reiter
  13. Jamie Reysen
  14. Scott Pelley
  15. Tanya Rivero
  16. Sharyn Alfonsi
  17. Anthony Salvato
  18. Susan Spencer
  19. Christa Robison
  20. Mark Strassmann

How Much Does Debora Patta Earn?

Patta earns an annual salary that ranges from $100,000-$500,000.

How Much is Debora Patta Worth?

As a Journalist, Patta has been able to accumulate a net worth that ranges from $1 million to $5 million.