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Allister Sparks

Political Analyst


Born in Cathcart

Allister Sparks is a veteran writer, journalist and political commentator. He founded the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism and became its Executive Director from 1992 to 1997. He was the successful editor of The Rand Daily Mail from 1977 - 1981 during the countries political unrest. He was South African correspondent for The Washington Post, The Observer and Holland's leading newspaper, NRC Handelsblad, from 1981 to 1992. He was named International Editor of the Year in 1979 and won Britain's David Blundy Award for foreign reporting in 1985. He was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting of racial unrest in South Africa during 1985. He has published critically-acclaimed books including, 'Tomorrow is Another Country' (1996); 'The Mind of South Africa' (1991);'Beyond the Miracle' (University of Chicago Press 2006); 'First Drafts' (2009). In 1997, he became the editor of the Corporation’s television news and current affairs. In that capacity, he launched a 24-hour Africa news channel, called SABC-Africa, for satellite broadcast to the entire African continent.



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Current Position(s)

Political Analyst | Independent
South Africa | 2010 - present

Published Author | Jonathan Ball Publishers
South Africa | 2010 - present

Previous Position(s)

Executive Director | Institute for the Advancement of Journalism
1992 - 1997

Editor | Sunday Express
1974 - 1977

Deputy Editor | Rand Daily Mail
1972 - 1974

Chief Assistant Editor | Rand Daily Mail
1969 - 1972

Assistant Editor | Rand Daily Mail
1967 - 1969

Political Correspondent | Rand Daily Mail
1960 - 1962

Sub-editor | East London Daily Dispatch
1956 - 1957

Reporter | Bulawayo Chronicle
1955 - 1956

Reporter | Queenstown Daily Representative
1951 - 1953


News and Current Affairs Editor | SABC TV | South African Broadcasting Corporation

Educational history

Secondary

Queens College (1950)

Tertiary

Harvard University

Awarded in 1963

Nieman Fellow

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Awards

international award for outstanding reporting on apartheid | Inter-Press Service | 1985

Foreign reporting | David Blundy Award | 1992

media exposure

First Drafts | Jonathan Ball | 2010

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