Estelle Saget

France

Biography

Estelle Saget was born in Montreal, Canada but she has been mostly living in Paris, France, since then.
She's wanted to be a journalist since she was 17 but to please her dad, she first graduated from a business school. She eventually registered to a journalism school under the protection of her then boyfriend because she afraid of her father's wrath.
At 24, she wrote a French bestseller untitled "S'Installer au Canada" (Moving to Canada). She sent thousands of French people to Canada while choosing to remain in France.
Estelle Saget was a reporter on health and social issues for leading French weekly L'Express, during 14 years.
Among the many stories She wrote, she told 10-year-old Armand's plight as he had to live in a plastic bubble immediately after birth because of a genetic mutation affecting his immune system. He was permitted to leave the sterile environnement after receiving an experimental treatment called gene therapy. His last name and location are kept confidential as his family and doctors want him to live a normal life.
After the terrorist attack at Charlie Hebdo in Paris, in 2015, she met once a month with one survivor, Michel Catalano. An entrepreneur, he was taken hostage in his printing facility. Michel Catalano is the last and only one who spoke with the terrorists, two brothers, before they were shot by the police. Estelle Saget had to wait until his memory came back because of the trauma. The story she wrote told of how he saved his life by making coffee for the attackers.
With her piece "Schizophrenia explained to families and friends", Estelle Saget was awarded the 2009 European Union health prize for journalists. The competitors came from 28 european countries.
In 2016 Estelle Saget joined a new online media, The Conversation France to create, as an editor, the Health section which quickly gathered a wide audience. The article entitled "The women who don't know they're autistic" reached more than 800 000 views worldwide.
Now a freelancer, she is a regular contributor to The Conversation, daily newspaper La Croix and other French media.


Funded project

They have returned to fight Ebola

A story about 2 Guinean scientists who studied in France and returned to their home country to help during the peak of the Ebola crisis, an example that could encourage the repatriation of more educated Africans to development countrie