Nic Dawes

Personal informationMan of The Moment Nic Dawes was born in Cape Town and finished his schooling in Canada.

He studied Science and later English literature at the
University of Cape Town. A Fulbright Scholarship then allowed him to attend graduate school in the United States of America.
On his return to South Africa he wrote as a freelance journalist for a range of local publications- and for television - before becoming News and Finance editor at one of the country’s early web portals, World Online. Dawes then left World Online to become Managing Director at Maverick Interface Design: a digital communications agency that helped companies to develop their internet and mobile strategies. However, he soon opted for a career in journalism again. After a stint as Cape Business Editor, and political columnist at the now-defunct broadsheet ThisDay, he joined the Mail &Guardian in 2004. As associate editor, he focused primarily on public policy and economics. He was also heavily involved in the Mail & Guardian’s investigations, and has won several awards for his work.

Nic Dawes is 37 years old. He is married to Aurelia Driver and has a young daughter called Hannah. He currently resides in Parkview, Johannesburg.

Career information
In 2008, the Taco Kuiper Awards recognized Dawes for his investigative journalism at The Mail & Guardian. He was recognized at the ceremony together with his peers Stefaans Brümmer, Stephen Sole and Zukile Majova for exposing police commissioner Jackie Selebi. Selebi was exposed for his underworld networks surrounding Brett Kebble. His dedication promoted him to Mail & Guardian chief Editor.
Recognitions and awards

Other professional activities
  • Joined Mail & Guardian in 2004
  • Divides his time between investigative reporting and reporting on public policy, as well as various editing duties
  • Also does book and art reviews
  • Worked previously at the short-lived broadsheet This Day
  • Helped to set up Vodacom World Online's news service, but ended up spending two years in management and consulting when the dotcom bubble burst

Primary Sources

Secondary SourcesWendy Mosetlhi | PA - Editor / Editorial Office Manager at Mail & Guardian

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