Sian James, Assistant Editor:
"The Mail On Sunday's features department has commissioned Punteha on a number of occasions over the past three years. I have always found her diligent and hard-working, honest, and a good communicator.
What has always struck me about Punteha is that she is good value for money and she is dogged and resourceful. She has a way of making things work.
I wish her all the best in her new venture."
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Matt Nixson, Features Editor:
"Punteha has always impressed me as a determined and energetic ideas-led journalist.
She's is a strong communicator, great writer and brimming with enthusiasm for the media and great stories.
I'd have no problem at all recommending her for a job, or as a trustworthy freelancer for any occasion."
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Tom Hendry, Deputy Editor and Features Editor:
"I am sorry to have lost Punteha from my features department at INS, but I am certain she will go on to become a success in her freelance capacity.
Despite lacking a traditional background in journalism when she first came here, she quickly developed the ability to spot an angle and a good, offbeat story but her strength undoubtedly lay in her ability to form bonds with people, re-assure them, and more importantly, persuade them to talk when they were undecided to do so.
Much of Punteha's success was in this area, and it proved the launch-pad for a string of exclusives, which she obtained for the daily and Sunday newspapers and magazines.
She was a good colleague, someone who will be difficult to replace, and the greatest compliment I can pay her is that she would be welcome back at any time."