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Gretchen Wilson Prangley

Gretchen Wilson Prangley is an award-winning journalist based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Gretchen Wilson Prangley is a kickstarter, connector, and social entrepreneur with 18 years professional experience leading and documenting innovative change in Africa and around the world. She thrives when she's at the frontier of new ideas.

Gretchen has extensive experience as a journalist, researcher and writer in social entrepreneurship, globalisation, business and human rights, humanitarian affairs, HIV/AIDS, gender and women's rights, multi-ethnic rights, economic development, and sustainable development.

Since 2004, Gretchen has covered economics, globalization and social entrepreneurship from Johannesburg. She was the Africa correspondent for American Public Media’s Marketplace, a popular prime-time daily radio program in the U.S. with more than 8 million listeners. Her reports were also featured regularly on CBC News, The Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, PRI’s The World, Slate, IRIN News and CNBC Africa.

Gretchen is co-author, with Beulah Thumbadoo, of the 2007 book "From Dust to Diamonds: Stories of South African Social Entrepreneurs" (Macmillan).

Prior to becoming a journalist, Gretchen was a founder of the WashTech, a non-profit start-up and the first labor union for “new economy” workers in the United States.

She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in New York, NY, USA and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and multi-ethnic studies from Bard College in Annandale- on-Hudson, NY, USA. She also graduated from the Social Entrepreneurship Certificate Programme (SECP) at GIBS, the graduate business school of the University of Pretoria in Johannesburg.

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