Isaac Pinielo (born 12 June 1977) is a Botswana national who currently works as a Business & Financial Journalist for Dikgang Publishing Company (Pty) Ltd, trading as Mmegi, a private daily newspaper based in Gaborone.
He also writes for The Monitor, which is a weekly sister publication to Mmegi and comes out every Monday.
A Business Botswana Print Journalist of the Year 2015 award winner, he has been a journalist since 1998, cutting his teeth at the tabloid, The Voice newspaper as a Freelance Reporter. In his years as a Freelancer based in Botswana’s second city, Francistown, he had several of his articles published in the government-owned magazine Kutlwano, the Botswana Guardian and Midweek Sun newspapers.
Isaac was also correspondent for the now moribund Setswana broadsheet, Mokgosi. Also a poet, comedian and author writing in Setswana and English, he has had two of his books published by the now defunct Mampudi Publishers which was owned by the late veteran author and Setswana expert Kgomotso Mogapi. In 1995, Isaac published his first Setswana poetry book called Khunolla-Moraba after completion of his high school and later on he had the second book called Phitlhelelo Maina Mafatshwa under the mentor-ship of Kgomotso Mogapi.
Isaac is a father of three children: a boy and two girls. He comes from Palapye, a village-cum-town in central Botswana.
He started his primary education at Monarch Primary School in Francistown then went to Mmei Junior Secondary School (JSS) and then Francistown Senior Secondary School (FSSS).
He served a year at the then Tirelo Sechaba (National Service) in the Department of Veterinary Services under the Ministry of Agriculture. With a passion for writing, Isaac studied Journalism through distance-learning at Manchester-based Writers Bureau College of Journalism in the United Kingdom. He holds a certificate of Business, Finance and Development awarded by the Botswana Editors’ Forum and Barclays Bank of Botswana.
From August 2011 to April 2012, Isaac attended a Tobacco Control Journalists Workshop and Fellowship and was awarded a certificate for Health-e News Service / Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.