About Me

Cheetah Haysom


Cheetah has been a writer all her working life. Born in South Africa, where she graduated from the University of Natal (BA.Law), she started out as a reporter on a Cape Town newspaper. She was posted to the US in 1975 as a New York- based foreign correspondent for the largest newspaper group in South Africa. She covered topics from film to finance and subsequently became a freelance journalist. She worked as a columnist, editor, newsletter publisher and copywriter and was published in newspapers and magazines around the world. 

Cheetah lived in Pine Island in the heart of the Black Dirt region for almost 25 years and was for two years the president of the Pine Island Chamber of Commerce. Her reporting on agriculture in the Hudson Valley for the newspaper The Highlands Current recently won her two awards: The New York News Association Distinguished Business Reporting Award of Excellence (2018) and the National Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Editorial Contest First Place for the Best Agricultural Story (2019). 

An American citizen since 2002, Cheetah is married to Don da Parma and now lives in New York City. She has a son David by a previous marriage, and two step-children, Dante and Cesarina.