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Timothyna Duncan

”Perhaps the most important thing to know about me is I've wanted to be a journalist ever since I was seven years old. I spent part of my childhood in Ghana with my mum, dad and two sisters and grew up in a house stacked with books and daily newspapers. So often when I was bored, I would pick up a newspaper and pretend to be like the broadcasters I admired on television news stations.

This little hobby of mine spurred my interest in people, stories and news and I began actively pursuing a career in journalism when I was 16 years old. I enrolled in America’s top-ranked journalism school, the Medill School of Journalism, and also completed a Masters program in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management at Imperial College London. My love for storytelling has taken me to Johannesburg, Chicago, New York, London and Birmingham (UK). My journalism work has been so in-depth that I’ve found stories, which shifted very important conversations. One of my highlights was landing the first interview with the family of the late Emmett Till, two days after the woman who had accused him in the 1950s of sexual assault admitted she'd lied.”