Based: Johannesburg

Francis Herd is a trusted face of the nightly news. She has almost two decades of experience in the fast-paced world of broadcasting and has featured on some of South Africa’s most-watched programming. She is currently co-anchor of the Fullview on SABC News between 5pm and 8pm. Her speciality is business news and, as a journalist, she is uniquely qualified with an MBA. On the Fullview, she is also at the forefront of current events, politics and breaking news. 

Francis has been involved in covering major events such as the death of Nelson Mandela, several elections and the WEF meetings in Switzerland. As well as interviewing local newsmakers, she had engaged with global leaders including Bill Gates, Antonio Guterres, Howard Schultz and Thomas Pickety. 

Francis has moderated various events including internal corporate events and public discussions. She has also done various research projects and has trained managers on how to deal with reputational damage as she has a special interest in the management of corporate crises. She co-authored a book on the subject in 2020 called ‘When Crisis Strikes.’ Francis was featured on the cover of Women and Home with two other leading newswomen in 2019.