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PRAISE FROM A CBS 60 MINUTES PRODUCER - below the abridged resume

"Live your life in such a way that when you die, even the undertaker will be sorry," Mark Twain.

Charlene Smith is a multi-award winning journalist & author, book editor, and lecturer. Authorized biographer for Nelson Mandela.

Profiled twice by Time magazine and most major news networks in the world including CNN, CBS 60 Minutes, BBC, Le Monde, etc.

Clients include or have included the World Economic Forum, Fifa, Coca Cola, and more.
Expert in HIV & AIDS and gender violence. Charlene Smith was instrumental in inspiring, and assisting, the Centers for Disease Control to develop a protocol for Post-Exposure Prophylaxis after Sexual Assault (released in 2004), and now saving lives across the world.
Charlene Smith is a public speaker who has twice been the guest of the Swedish government; chaired sessions and delivered papers by invitation of the World AIDS Conference in South Africa, Thailand and Spain. She addresses conferences across the world.
She has a Masters of Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Arts (Advanced Narrative Non-Fiction) and numerous advanced writing degrees or certifications from institutions including Harvard University of Massachusetts Lowell, University of Minnesota, and Goddard College. She lives in Massachusetts.

One of two authorized biographers of Nobel Peace Award laureate, Nelson Mandela.

Author of 14 published books, chapters in a dozen more.
Journalist and documentary film maker on award-winning television documentaries for CBC-TV, CBS 60 Minutes, ABC Nightline, the United Nations, BBC’s Panorama and Granada. Analysis and op-ed writer for Los Angeles Times. Multiple awards for journalism, including courageous and investigative journalism awards.

Lived and worked on four continents.
Dual Citizen: United States of America and South Africa.

Education & Professional Development

* Master of Fine Arts: Interdisciplinary Arts, Goddard College, Vermont. 
● Advanced NonFiction Writing and Intermediate Fiction, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
● Creative Fiction, Stanford University, CA.
● African Government and Politics, University of Minnesota.
● Terrorism and Counter Terrorism, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
● American Literary Traditions & American Women Novelists, University of Massachusetts Lowell.
● Digital Photography, Advanced Lightroom, Lenses, New England School of Photography, Boston, MA and Canon, Canada.
● Modern & Contemporary Art, 1945-1989, Abstract Expressionists, Collage, MoMA, New York, NY
● Tokyo English LifeLine telephone and trauma counseling, Tokyo, Japan.
● Restorative Justice Victim Offender Group – voluntary work with those incarcerated, Boston, Massachusetts, since 2012.

* Emotional Awareness Facilitator, Norfolk, MCIS (prison), MA.
● Noepe Literary Center Writers’ Retreat, Martha’s Vineyard 2016
● Yale Writer’s Conference 2017

Published Books abridged:
● Mandela: In Celebration of a Great Life (Penguin Random House)
● Robben Island (Penguin Random House);
● Committed to Me (Penguin Random House)
On the Sidelines Clapping: Gender in Southern Africa (Heinrich Boll Foundation)
Proud of Me: Speaking Out Against Sexual Violence and HIV (Penguin), nominated for Alan Paton Award, South Africa’s most prestigious literary award. Voted one of the top 10 books in South Africa. Translated into Swedish by Leopard Forlag and titled, Utan Skuld.

Chapters: On Donald Trump, Nelson Mandela, Racism and Making Friends with Your Enemies, Garn Press (NY) 2017; The Lost Cat, New England Essays (Paige Press, Harvard Bookstore), AIDS (Leopard Forlag, Sweden); The Woman’s March (Mothobi Mutloatse); Articulations: Harold Wolpe Memorial Lecture Collection (Africa World Press); The Closest of Strangers: South African Women’s Life Writing (Wits University Press).


Some Awards:
• Goddard Alumni Arts Award (2015)
• Sri Chinmoy Peace Torchbearer Award, Arlington MA (2014)
• Prix Italia – Documentary HIV and AIDS.
• CBS Documentary on Nelson Mandela, 12 international awards.
• Distinguished Work Media and Human Rights, SA Women Abroad, Toronto, Canada.
• Winner: Harvard Bookstore Essay Writing Contest for New England Essays (2012).
• Mondi Award: Best Feature Writer.
• Courageous Journalism, Rhodes University.
• Features Award, CNN Journalist of the Year.
• Person of the Year, Mail and Guardian Newspaper.
• Woman of the Year: Media and Communications, South African Broadcasting Corporation.

CBS 60-Minutes producer, Randall Joyce:
10 Plus ... 2: Ode To Joyce
Oct 13, 12:55PM by Hillary Profita Topics 10 Plus 1


Randall Joyce generated some of the most feedback yet for our 10 Plus 1 feature.
So, what do you do for a living?

I'm a producer in the CBS News London Bureau. In television news, the producer is the person behind the scenes organizing coverage of the story.

Who is the most fascinating person you've covered and who is the biggest jerk?

On the positive side I would have to mention Charlene Smith, a South African woman who survived a brutal rape and then went on to launch a campaign against the epidemic of sexual violence in her homeland. She successfully avoided falling into self-pity in part because she always had so much empathy for others. The best way to make her angry was to refer to her as a rape victim.

On the negative side I would have to put Tuta, the war crimes suspect. He bookends with Charlene Smith as well because he and his colleagues made history by being indicted in a case based solely on rape as a war crime. He was a common criminal in jail before the war and was let out to terrorize the Muslim population of his town. Strangely his group justified its violence by defiantly clinging to victim status for the Serbs in a long line of Balkan atrocities. A tattoo on Tuta's forehead summed up his view of life. It read: "Before I was born I was dead."