Estelle Ellis is an award-winning journalist with 20 years experience in writing. she believes in the power of people's stories.
Estelle Ellis is an award-winning journalist with 20 years experience in writing. she believes in the power of people's stories.she holds a BA degree in Law, an Honours Degree in Journalism and a post-graduate diploma in Future Studies from the University of Stellenbosch. In 2011 she led the team that won the Vodacom Journalist of the Year Award in the Online Category and also won the Discovery Health Journalism of the Year award.
She was awarded a grant from the Pulitzer Centre for Conflict Reporting for reporting on maternal health issues in South Africa in 2012 . Her online expose of the aftermath of taxi accidents, After the Crash, also won the regional award for best online reporting in the annual Vodacom Journalist of the Year competition and was commended for excellence by the judges in the Standard Bank Sikuvile Awards. While doing a study on the future of newspaper journalism she was convinced that we needed more constructive journalism in our newspapers. As a result she became the driving force behind the launch of two constructive journalism projects #InspirePE and #HospitalsofHope.
In 2016 Hospitals of Hope won the Discovery Foundation Award for Nation Builder of the Year. The series also won a Vodacom Award for best feature writing and was also a finalist in the Vodacom Journalist of the Year awards in 2015. In October 2016 she won the Vodacom Journalim Award for sustainability for my work on the public health impact of pollution in Port Elizabeth. In June 2017 she was awarded the Discovery Health Journalist of the Year award for news writing for my expose on industrial spills in my city's rivers, And in October 2017 was awarded the prestigious Standard Bank Sikuvile Award for Feature Writing.