Eyewitness News reporter Gia Nicolaides rose to prominence with her award-winning coverage of 2012's Marikana tragedy. Based in the North West Province for nine months to keep track of the story, she has written a book on her Marikana journey. She made her TV debut as part of Carte Blanche's Oscar Pistorius channel team. Gia is the lead reporter for EWN on a number of major stories, including ongoing drama at Eskom and state capture. @GiaNicolaides...
Gia Nicolaides has been a journalist for more than a decade but became a household name for listeners of EWN in 2012 as she was the reporter on the scene throughout the Marikana tragedy.
In addition to the breaking news, Gia found a wide variety of sources in the community to paint a picture of the broader circumstances in which the massacre took place. Her sensitive approach and ability to sift through the emotion and get to the facts, saw her go on to win the National Press Club's Journalist of the Year award for 2013 as well as Vodacom Journalist of the Year in the radio category.
In 2014, Gia became familiar to a new audience of viewers as she featured prominently on the 24-hour Oscar Channel that aired throughout the Oscar Pistorius trial. She's also covered a number of criminal cases, exposed wrongdoing at Eskom and continues to cover a variety of political and economic stories including the allegations of state capture.
Gia's broadcast career started at The Voice of Wits, where she was a founding member and news editor. On completing her Honours degree in Journalism, she interned at Primedia and an interview with Winnie Madikizela Mandela on her third day convinced her that radio was in her blood.