Perhaps the most important thing to know about Timothyna Duncan is that she always wanted to be a journalist since she was seven years old. Spending part of her childhood in Ghana with her mother, father and two sisters, grew up in a house stacked with books and daily newspapers. So often when she was bored, she would pick up a newspaper and pretend to be like the broadcasters she admired on television news stations.
This little hobby of hers spurred Ms. Duncan’s interest in people, stories, and news and she began actively pursuing a career in journalism when she was just 16 years old. She enrolled in America’s top-ranked journalism school, the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and also completed a Masters program in Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Management at Imperial College London.
Ms. Duncan’s love for storytelling has taken her to Johannesburg, Chicago, New York, London and Birmingham (UK). Her journalism work has been so in-depth that she found stories that ultimately shifted very important conversations. A critical highlight of Ms. Duncan’s career 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 that she had lied.