Freedom of speech activist, media aficionado, knowledge worker, writer, mother, and academic Marian Pike grew up in Eastern Cape – Port Elizabeth, Addo, Uitenhage and Grahamstown – before moving to Cape Town (3 times), Durban (twice) and Johannesburg (3 times). Marian is a senior lecturer at CPUT (Cape Peninsula University of Technology) in Cape Town with following academic qualifications – B.Journ (Rhodes); MBL (UNISA); HDHET (CPUT) and APR (PRISA) – and is a PhD candidate (UCT), reading Media Studies. She is chairperson of the CPUT branch of the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) a non-political trade union. In general, Marian is curious about the what, why and how of things and enjoys asking questions. She likes to keep things as straightforward as possible, to simplify concepts, to strip away disguises and to expose the core. A lover of long-form reading (books) Marian runs, sails and hikes, but is resting her golf clubs, tennis racquet, paddle-ski and bicycle. Outstanding in the job jar include the Iditarod trail, Great Wall of China, and the Spice Islands.