Sutton Family


My father, Joe Sutton had an unquenchable passion for telling news stories. This first emerged at the age of 10, when he produced a little family newspaper called “The Daily Messenger” – complete with adverts for popular products like Palmolive soap! Such was his passion for news that he broke with family tradition by becoming neither an educator, nor a man of the cloth, as had been the dual-vocations of both his father and his grandfather. He studied a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in History and Economics at Rhodes University and embarked on a life in journalism, never to look back. Joe began his career at the Evening Post in Port Elizabeth before moving to the UK, where he gained valuable experience working on British newspapers. (It was while working on the Scottish Daily Mail in Edinburgh that he would meet the love of his life, his future wife Bunty).