When we first saw Rachelle Akuffo’s work we were struck with her sophisticated story-telling ability, as well as her poise and beauty. She’s a knock-out star. The camera loves her. Her warmth and connection to the audience is tangible for her viewers. And her background and achievements to date tell the story of a woman driven to succeed. It’s a quality you can’t teach. It’s a gift that you’re born into.
Rachelle is a British-Ghanaian multimedia journalist who loves to tell stories affecting the human element of mankind. She was born in London and attended an all-girls school, Old Palace of John Whitgift School, a prestigious 400 year old institution founded on the principles of care and education. Having African parents while growing up in Europe gave her a unique perspective and respect for other cultures. Her parents encouraged her to get out of her comfort zone and make a difference. At the age of 16, Rachelle was accepted into Howard University in Washington D.C., majoring in Administration of Justice and in Philosophy. That’s where she found her voice and passion for writing. After college, Rachelle was accepted into law school at the age of 20. She later went on to win the title of Miss Ghana for the Miss Africa International in 2005. Rachelle soon moved to back London to follow her passion in journalism.
She is currently a correspondent and producer for China Central Television’s US bureau in Washington DC. She anchors, reports and produces a wide range of stories from global maternity standards to international elections and business news. She created the first signature segment for CCTV’s business show, Global Business America, about innovative startups tackling the world’s biggest problems. This year Rachelle won the 2015 Clarion Award for a special segment on Latina entrepreneurs as part of her monthly “Starting Block” segment. Rachelle’s award is a first for Global Business America. Rachelle’s global media experience began in 2007 in London. The former Miss Ghana International winner honed her skills in interview techniques, live shots, teleprompter use, research, and presenting at London’s Television Training Academy. Rachelle’s strong writing skills and engaging on-camera presence led to a unique opportunity to work for a Swiss bank in Latvia. She successfully broke down complex issues in the global economy and foreign exchange sector for traders and aspiring viewers. Rachelle soon came to the United States, working as a broadcast journalist and volunteering at the Metropolitan Washington Ear. Her work with MWE enabled the blind and visually impaired to call into a dial-in service to listen to the news of the day.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending quality time with friends and family, fishing, hiking, Zumba, and savoring the joy of each day. Rachelle is constantly motivated by people who make their mark on this world, despite having every excuse to give up. Her enthusiasm for life and creativity, and her calm demeanor under pressure make her an asset to any organization.