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Charlene Smith

Writer and Communications Consultant

Charlene Smith is a multi-award winning Media Consultant, Journalist and Author. As a Freelance Writer, she has done articles for the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Microbicide Querterly and M&G Thoughtleader.

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Business Address

66 Troon road, Greenside, 2193

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Book - 'Whispers On My Skin '

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Book - 'Mandela: In Celebration of a Great Life'

in Books

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Current Position(s)

Smartphone App. Writer and Developer | SutroMedia
San Francisco, United States of America | 2011 - present

ICT and Telecommunications

Chief Executive Officer | Charlene Smith Communications
Cambridge, Canada | 1997 - present

Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations

Freelance Documentary Film Maker | CBS 60 Minutes, ABC Nightline, NHK, Granada | Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Broadcast Media, Multimedia and Film

Previous Position(s)

Communications Consultant | No Fear
Washington, South Africa | 2011

Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations

White House Correspondent | Independent Newspapers and Rhody News
Washington, United States of America | 2011

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Director Communications and Marketing | Episcopal Divinity School
Cambridge, Canada | 2010 - 2011

Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations

Manager | SA FM
Johannesburg | 1996 - 1997

Broadcast Media, Multimedia and Film

Manager | Corporate Affairs | Thebe Investment Holdings
1995 - 1996

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Assistant Editor | Finance Week
Johannesburg | 1994 - 1995

Publishing, Printing and Print Media

Senior Political Analyst | Sunday Times
Johannesburg | 1992 - 1994

Publishing, Printing and Print Media

Assistant Editor | Financial Mail
Johannesburg | 1991 - 1992

Publishing, Printing and Print Media

Senior Political Journalist | Business Day
Johannesburg | 1989 - 1990

Publishing, Printing and Print Media

Japan Correspondent | Argus Newspapers
1986 - 1988

Publishing, Printing and Print Media

Writer of Analysis Articles | Los Angeles Times
United States of America | 1986 - 1991

Publishing, Printing and Print Media

Political Journalist | Sunday Express
1980 - 1983

Publishing, Printing and Print Media

Educational history


Bryanston High


Harvard Business School

Cambridge, Canada | 2012 - 2013

Advanced NonFiction Writing

Goddard College

Plainfield, United States of America | 2012 - present

Master of Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Studies - Creative Writing and Photography

University of Minnesota

Saint Paul, Canada

Pharmacology Module

University of Minnesota

Twin Cities, United States of America | 1988 - 1991

B.A. African Government and Politics

City and Guilds of London Institute

London, Canada

Diploma in Basic Garden Design and Horticulture

City and Guilds of London Institute

London, United Kingdom

Diploma in Landscape Drawing



Who's Who, Cambridge, MA, U.S.A

Who's Who South Africa

Alan Paton award nominee: Proud of Me | Alan Paton Award | 2001

Nominee | Feather Awards for Outstanding Women | 2009

Special Award for Selfless Service to Communities infected with HIV/Aids | Targeted AIDS Interventions

Special Award for Outstanding Services to South Africa in the Field of HIV/Aids and Sexual Violence | National Aids Awards

Distinguished Work: Media & Human Rights | South African Women Abroad

Top 10 Best Books 2001 for 'Proud of Me' | The Star

Best Feature: Health | Mondi

Best TV Documentary | Prix Italia

Woman of the Year | Jong Dames Dinamiek

Communicator of the Year | Pretoria Technikon

Features Award: Journalist of the Year | CNN

Top 10 Most Influential South Africans of the Year | Independent Newspaper

Person of the Year | Mail & Guardian newspaper

Ruth First Courageous Journalism | RU: Journalism Department

Woman of the Year: Media & Communication | South African Broadcasting Corporation/Shoprite Checkers



American Society of Journalist and Authors

Member, 2010 - present

Author's Guild

Members, 2010 - present

American Society of Journalist and Authors

Member, 2010 - present

Detainees Parents Support Committee

Advice office/research into children in detention


Black Sash

S TVl and National Committee


Free the Children Alliance



SAU Journalists

Vice pres & chapel mother

Five Freedoms Forum



South African Union of Journalists

Vice-President, 1980 - 1985

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