Africa Program Coordinator
Prior to joining CPJ as its Africa program coordinator, Valentine worked as a journalist in print and radio in South Africa in a time that spanned the country's transition to democracy and struggle for HIV/AIDS treatment. She has worked as a reporter for The Star newspaper in Johannesburg and as the executive producer of the national daily current affairs radio show on the SABC, South Africa's public broadcaster.
In the early 1990s, Valentine was the media director at IDASA, a pro-democracy advocacy organization, and worked with the "Free the Airwaves" movement to re-regulate broadcasting in South Africa and develop community radio. Valentine served on the media advisory board of the Open Society Foundation for South Africa for almost a decade, and in 2005 worked as the director of the foundation's media program in South Africa. In 1999, she established Health-e News Service, a nonprofit news agency based in Cape Town that specializes in public health issues, especially HIV/AIDS, and supplied news coverage to local media.
Valentine received a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University in 2003 and was a finalist in the South African Women in the Media Awards in 2006. In 2009, she spent a month at Duke University as a Menell Media Fellow. Valentine has a postgraduate degree in history from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and a post-graduate diploma in journalism from Rhodes University, Grahamstown.
Cape Town, South Africa