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Journalist Demessie Damte – 1953 – 2012

Journalist Demessie Damte 1953 – 2012

Demessie Damte was an accomplished sports journalist and a commentator with demonstrated passion for sport and his country. For over more than three decades, Demessie reported on thousands of Ethiopian sports news stories with a style that has come to be his unique hallmark.


He was born in 1953 in the eastern Ethiopian city of Harar and began cultivating his skills in sports journalism in his teenage years while attending school.


He continued working his way up in the field to eventually find himself working for the national broadcaster as a TV and radio journalist.  Soon, he became a household name and a very influential and respected journalist.


A talented professional and a fanatic sports commentator, Demessie made many Ethiopians fall in love with his style of sports news presentation.


Many say they prefer to listen to his passionately delivered commentaries on the radio than watch the same match on TV. He travelled to many parts of the world along with some of the most talented Ethiopian sportspeople to report on their competitions, and he always exceeded expectations by delivering sports news stories with incredible enthusiasm and engaging reportage. The way he gave live commentaries on matches involving Ethiopian teams and the way he presented sports news stories inspired thousands of Ethiopians to get into sport and also to be patriotic Ethiopians too. He was a unique journalist many Ethiopians find to be of great inspiration.


Demessie died on 5 November 2012 after battling diabetes for years and is survived by his wife and their three children.



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Live commentary from years ago.

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