Charlene Smith is a multi-award winning journalist, documentary film-maker and broadcaster. Author of 14 books and authorized biographer of Nelson Mandela she is a sought-after public speaker.
Charlene is a management consultant to companies and international organizations especially those in financial services, health, information technology, lifestyle and education.
Passionate about writing, Charlene is a gifted writing teacher and coach who runs workshops in Boston and across the United States, the United Kingdom and South Africa. Contact her through this website.
It was at Goddard that I was encouraged to pursue my passion for photography
I am honored to reveal that I have been awarded Goddard College's Alumni Arts Award for 2015 to assist me with the research and writing of my book about sexual violence called, Never a Victim.
I graduated with a Master of Fine Arts: Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College, Vermont in 2014. It was here that I met some of the most creatively gifted and emotionally generous people I have ever encountered
2015: Look out for articles by me in Independent Newspapers on controversy around Trevor Noah's appointment to "The Daily Show;" Connect, the journal of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums on Animal Human Conflict, then Volume 19 of The Art of Eating on "How to Catch a Chicken;" Brain World published my articles on, "Traumatic Brain Injury," "The Brain and Love" and "The Healing Impact of Music." Look out for blogs by me on the American University website on "The Happiness Index" and an assesment of "The C.I.A. Torture Report" released by Senator Dianne Feinstein and the Senate Intelligence Committee. The Associated Press quoted me after the death of editor Ken Owen and I was interviewed on Otherwise, SAfm. Fred Mandell of The Global Institute for Art and Leadership interviewed me about leadership. Journalism student from Northeastern in Boston and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil interviewed me for class projects.
Siyabonga Tata by Charlene Smith, Sunday Independent December 15, 2013
Edited extract from Mandela: In Celebration of a Great Life http://www.amazon.com/Mandela-In-Celebration-Great-Life/dp/1928213138/ref=dp_ob_title_bk published by Random House Struik
Mandela: In Celebration of a Great Life by Charlene Smith (Random House)
Nelson Mandela's lessons about co-operation, reconciliation, and team-building can be applied in daily life.http://www.amazon.com/Mandela-In-Celebration-Great-Life/dp/1928213138/ref=dp_ob_title_bk
Talking about Nelson Mandela
Interview on Arise TV, Sunday, June 30 - start watching from 34 minutes into the show for a 13 minute interview in which I discuss Nelson Mandela and his legacy.
Me with a bear on Lightning Mountain, New Hampshire, March 2013. Research for a series of articles on bears.
Don't Feed the Bears (see link below) was in The Boston Globe Magazine, June 23 2013. It begins:
"Humans are strange animals. They leave out delectable birdseed, chattering free-range chickens, and aromatic garbage, but shoot when bears, encouraged by this plenty, wander closer... 'We underestimate the ability of wild animals and humans to get along,' says New Hampshire environmentalist David L. Eastman. 'But getting along also requires humans to behave.'"
Robben Island, my first book, dramatically revised, updated, new research & fresh pictures available in June 2013
Robben Island is where Nelson Mandela spent most of his years in prison. It's history is fascinating and mirrors not only the colonial conquest and settlement changes, war, dislocation, cruelty, despair and triumph of mainland SouthAfrica and the continent, but also how solutions were found. This book has chapters on the environment, shipwrecks, birdlife, fishing, the island as a leper colony and Second World War naval intelligence site. Did you know that U-boats came into Cape Town harbor during that war? It tells of escapes and African chiefs, and of the prisoners jailed there from 1963 on as they contested apartheid. Nelson Mandela and the Rivonia trialists were among the first, the concrete floors they slept on were still not dry when they arrived. Within these pages is also a touching love story. It contains a brief guide to the Island for visitors.
Charlene Smith at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C. November 26 with fans of Nelson Mandela
On November 26, Charlene Smith was invited to speak on the Life and Legacy of Nelson Mandela, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Some 350 guests arrived, and a book-signing took place afterward.
Interviewing Nelson Mandela on the third day of his release, and first day back in Soweto
A referee once wrote, “Charlene Smith is a powerful, highly skilled and experienced journalist, author and communications professional. She is adept at finding the right channels for messages. She has immense patience and love for people – no-one is unimportant or undeserving of her time or mentoring.”
As a journalist, an authorized biographer of Nelson Mandela, as well as a speech writer and ghostwriter, I have been privileged to witness the best in the great and had the time to ponder their flaws. I believe that it is in addressing failure, that the exceptional emerges.
Writing is a privileged profession: people allow us into their lives, they reveal their hearts bit-by-bit, they let us scratch through their records, go where they fear, and in the process, they too, rediscover themselves.
Current affairs writers are witnesses to history and so our responsibility to truth-telling and fairness is eternal.
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, I covered anti-apartheid resistance in South Africa as a journalist before resigning to become an activist against apartheid. I also worked in Japan and Argentina. Publications I have worked for include the Los Angeles Times
, Guardian, Washington Post, Le Monde, and others. As a television documentary maker I worked with Tony Burman at Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Ted Koppel at ABC Nightline, and Ed Bradley at CBS 60 Minutes, and others. That work taught me the importance of visual cues.
Every 26 Seconds A Woman Gets Raped - Bob Simon, CBS 60 Minutes
I am notorious about not keeping articles, videos or radio broadcasts about me. I have precious few photographs, I'm ill-prepared for the hype U.S. publishers want authors to make about their work. I hope that my life and work speaks for itself without persistent self-aggrandizement, I'm simply not interested, there is far more to do than stand on social media sites tooting my own horn, despite what I tell my students. Nonetheless, I was surprised and pleased to find this link to a CBS 60 Minutes interview with me, Anderson Cooper and Randall Joyce traveled to South Africa to meet with me and interview me. I knew that Anderson was really keen to get me to cry, but I'm not a media-turn-on-the-faucets-for-the-show kinda person. Stoic is how some may describe me. Tell me what you think.
Mandela In Celebration of a Great Life
Now available in libraries in New Mexico
Don't Feed the Bears, Boston Globe by Charlene Smith
We love bears and other wildlife but feeding them can endanger them - and us
Interviewed by Huffington Post (video) following the death of Nelson Mandela
My interview is about 14 minutes in - unfortunately rather poor sound quality.
MLK and Mandela: Two countries, one dream
Interview with Associated Press about Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela, what they shared, and what they did not
Nelson Mandela loved Boston
Cambridge Chronicle, Cambridge, Massachusetts, July 10, 2013
Don't Feed the Bears, The Boston Globe Magazine, June 23, 2013
"We underestimate the ability of wild animals and humans to get along. But getting along also requires humans to behave," David L.Eastman, New Hampshire environmentalist.
Memories about Nelson Mandela
Charlene Smith interviewed by Nancy Richards of SAfm
CNN with Carol Costello
Interview July 18, 2012 with Charlene Smith
SAfm 'Otherwise' with Nancy Richards
Listen here at noon GMT on July 18, 2012, Nelson Mandela's 94th birthday to Nancy Richards interviewing Charlene Smith about the great man.
Cambridge Chronicle Interview with Charlene Smith
Cambridge Chronicle Interview with Charlene Smith about Nelson Mandela
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Whispers On My Skin: A Trauma Survivor's Guide to Relearning Intimate Touch, (Sunset Press, Boston, 2012) available from www.createspace.com/3778953
Charlene Smith is frequently interviewed by the media or invited to address groups