Erin Marisa Bates is a postgraduate law student and freelance journalist based in Cape Town, South Africa.

She has written for Al Jazeera, Daily Maverick, Financial Mail, News24 and Vrye Weekblad. In terms of broadcasting, she has appeared on CapeTalk, eNCA, Kaya FM, Power 98.7, Talk Radio 702 and SABC News.

From late 2018 to early 2020, her work focused on the Commission of Inquiry Into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud. Her qualifications include a postgraduate degree in journalism from Stellenbosch University.