Cheryl Robertson is a freelance journalist based in Dubai, currently managing editorial projects and writing features for local and international publications and websites.
Born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Cheryl became a cub reporter on the country's national daily newspaper, The Rhodesia Herald
in 1978. Thrown in at the deep end of the newsroom, she gained thorough hands-on knowledge of all departments within the newspaper.
When the travel bug bit she was carried off to Europe and the Middle East, returning to Africa cash impoverished but rich with experiences, to join The Star national daily newspaper in Johannesburg, South Africa as a general news reporter. After a spell in the photographic department she moved to the features section as a photojournalist, creating photo-features, supplements and country reports.
Cheryl returned to Zimbabwe in 1985 to join Thomson Publications in Harare as editor of a monthly motor trade magazine, plus edited supplements and quarterly trade magazines. She moved to the UK to become assistant editor of an EMAP trade magazine based in Croydon, later joining a PR/ marketing company in Crawley, West Sussex. During this time she collaborated with ITEC tutor and cosmetic formulator Maurene Charlwood to write “Cosmetic Watch: Lifting the lid off cosmetic ingredients”, published by Elliott Right-Way Books in 2001.
Her final assignment with The Star was to write a monthly column and features while she travelled on a six-month overland expedition from Felixstowe in the United Kingdom to Johannesburg.
Cheryl came to Dubai in 2002 and was for a number of years editor of Al Hilal Publishing Group’s monthly travel trade magazine Travel & Tourism News Middle East (TTN). She also worked for Al Nisr Publishing on the Gulf News, Dubai’s national daily newspaper.
Links to samples of her work can be found in the menu on the left of this page as well as by clicking here.