Estelle Youssouffa

Estelle is an independent bilingual broadcast journalist

A news anchor on French-speaking global network TV5 Monde, she’s also a correspondent and international affairs reporter for France 2 TV network, after being the Paris Correspondent of the English language global news network Al Jazeera English for 3 years. Aged 34, Estelle is building an international career focused on a better knowledge of world affairs.

Estelle graduated with a degree in journalism studies in Tours, France, before studying international relations and political studies at Quebec University of Montréal. She started her career at the French news network LCI in 2000. She climbed the ladder, starting as a news producer and becoming a reporter, anchor, and co-executive producer. She also entered investigative journalism, working part-time for Arabic news network Al Arabiya. As an executive producer, she produced several in-depth, long-format reports for this Dubai-based network.

After six years in Paris, Estelle moved to London to join the Al Jazeera English team and launch the network. First covering Europe, she moved back home to start the Paris bureau in early 2008. Almost two years later, she joined the TV5 Monde newsroom as an anchor. She recently joined the team of the French investigative TV show «Un oeil sur la planete» on France 2, the main French public network. This award-winning programme has often been compared to “Panorama” by the BBC or “Wide angle” by PBS. A true believer in passing the torch to fellow aspiring journalists, Estelle is also teaching journalism and broadcast seminars at the Institut Pratique de Journalisme in Paris.

Estelle is committed to being an active citizen. She was invited in May 2009 to sit on the Sabeg Commission on Diversity in the Media created by French President Nicolas Sarkozy. She has chaired discussions on the Journalism Training Committee and also sat on the News Committee. The Sabeg Commission’s work pushed 18 French national media outlets to sign a Diversity Charter.