Paula Slier

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Paula Slier
Born Johannesburg, South Africa
Alma mater University of Witwatersrand
Occupation Journalist, over 20 years
Employer CEO, Founder / Newshound and Middle East Bureau Chief for RT

Paula Slier is a South African television, radio and print journalist, and war correspondent, who heads up her own company in the Middle East called Newshound.[1][2] In 2012 she launched Newshound Africa, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is also the Middle East Bureau Chief and correspondent for RT.[2][3]

Early life and family[edit]

Slier was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she attended Waverley Girls' High.[2] Afterwards, she enrolled at the University of Witwatersrand, graduating in 1995 with a degree in international relations and philosophy.[2][better source needed]

Slier is Jewish. Her Dutch grandparents and many other family members were killed in the Holocaust.[4]


She later moved to the Middle East as a freelancer, contributing reports to Eyewitness News,[5] and Marie Claire South Africa.[6][better source needed]

In 2005, she was appointed Middle East Bureau Chief for RT.[7]

She heads up her own company in the Middle East called Newshound.[8] In 2012 she launched Newshound Africa, based in Johannesburg, South Africa.[9]

119 Lives Unlived[edit]

In 2015, Slier presented the RT documentary 119 Lives Unlived, about her relatives killed during the Holocaust. She traveled to Amsterdam, where letters from Philip "Flip" Slier, her first cousin once removed, were discovered in the 1990s during a renovation at the former home of her grandparents. The letters were written after Flip was sent to a work camp in the Netherlands after he turned 18. During the documentary, she interviews Constant Kusters, president of the Dutch Far Right Dutch Peoples-Union, and the grandson of Auschwitz commander Rudolf Hoess.[4]

Career notes[edit]

  • Online publication themediaonline lists Slier as one of the top 40 South African journalists under 40.[10]
  • In 2014, Slier reported from East Ukraine amid the revolution and ongoing conflict.[11] Slier re-visited Donetsk during the elections.[12]
  • Slier reported from the battlefield on the Iraq-Syria border following Peshmerga fighters as they confronted ISIS.[13]
  • Slier was the only female journalist allowed access into Hamas smuggling tunnels in 2008.[14]
  • Slier also reported from Afghanistan amid the war.[15]


  1. ^ "Newshound Media International". Newshound Media International. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Paula Slier". 
  3. ^ "Paula Slier". 
  4. ^ a b "119 Lives Unlived". 20 May 2015. RT. Retrieved 8 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "EWN contributor : Paula Slier". 
  6. ^ "Paula Slier | LinkedIn". Retrieved 2015-01-08. 
  7. ^ "Paula Slier". RT. Retrieved 8 November 2015. 
  8. ^ "Newshound Media International". Newshound Media International. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
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  10. ^ "Top 40: Young, phenomenal and making waves [part 2] - The Media Online". 
  11. ^ RT reporter trapped in Slavyansk amid deadly military op. YouTube. 5 May 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2015. 
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  13. ^ The 19-yr old Kurd fighter who can send ISIS militants to hell. YouTube. 7 October 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2015. 
  14. ^ Gaza tunnel network saves lives. YouTube. 26 January 2009. Retrieved 8 November 2015. 
  15. ^ Narcotic Nation: Kids get drugs to survive starvation. YouTube. 24 March 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2015. 

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