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Violet Gonda is a Zimbabwean journalist based in London, United Kingdom. She interviewed Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, former US President Jimmy Carter, former Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, Joseph Chinotimba, political sociologist and leading contemporary scholar in the field of democracy studies Larry Diamond and Evan Mawarire among many others.
In 1996, she began her career in journalism as a television production assistant for Edwina Spicer Productions, a television production house specializing in political documentaries. In 1999, Spicer started the Media Monitoring Project – Zimbabwe (MMPZ) with Gonda to monitor Zimbabwean media. In 2000, Gonda spent 6 months with the BBC’s World Service’s Focus on Africa and Network Africa. She has been with SW Radio Africa in London as a producer and presenter since its inception in 2001.
She sits on the Executive Board of the International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT), a global journalism organization with a mission to advance the impact of women in media. IAWRT has a membership of around 600 journalists, mainly from the Global South.
She won an international award for best radio documentary from the International Association of Women in Radio and Television and her radio station received a team Free Media Pioneer Award from the International Press Institute, both in 2005. In 2006, her station was awarded the International Station of the Year from the Association of International Broadcasters. That same year, Gonda was a nominee for the International Press Freedom Award by the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression and was a Stanford University Summer Fellow in their Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law. Gonda was also a John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford in 2008.