Leonie Joubert

Humble-Brag (n): that little boast that's dressed down to look humble, or have a self-deprecating, toe-scuffing edge, but which still allows us to crow a bit without looking too conceited. 

Spawned by social media, and because someone has to, right? 

Awards, fellowships & acknowledgements

She was the 2007 Ruth First Fellow; was listed in the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans You Must Take to Lunch (2008); was twice given an honorary mention in the Sunday Times Alan Paton Nonfiction Awards (2007 and 2010); was named the 2009 SAB Environmental Journalist of the Year (print/internet category); and was shortlisted for the 2016 City Press Tafelberg Nonfiction Award for her 'mythbusting' book proposal Cheap Junk.

In the media 

Leonie regularly appears on air or in the press, speaking on topics she's most familiar with. 


On the Stage

Regular speaking engagements on topics including climate change, food security, narrative journalism and storytelling methods, at various events locally and abroad.



Leonie has presented at various conferences over the years.


  • ‘Tools for Storytelling’ Narrative Journalism Conference: hosted by Fray Intermedia and Wits University School of Journalism in 2008 and 2011

  • ‘Power Reporting’: conference hosted by Wits University School of Journalism in 2010

  • African Science Communication Conference: Scorched: South Africa’s changing climate presented as example of accessible science communication, Port Elizabeth; 4 - 7 Dec 2006