Larry Madowo Hired as CNN Nairobi-based Correspondent

By Fatiha Shabir


Journalist Larry Madowo – Photo/ The Star

Journalist Larry Madowo, a Daystar alumnus, has left the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to take up a new position with CNN as their Nairobi-based Correspondent.

The announcement was made on Thursday by Deborah Rayner, Senior Vice President of International Newsgathering and Managing Editor, Europe, Middle East and Africa, for CNN International.

“From enterprise reporting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region to investigations into oil drilling in Namibia’s Kavongo Basin, via a range of cultural and business stories across dedicated programming, Africa has never been more visible on CNN’s multiple platforms,” Rayner said in a statement.

“Larry is an experienced journalist whose expertise across politics, business, entertainment and hard news stories will play into our diverse coverage of East Africa and beyond.”

Madowo said he enjoyed reporting from the US and around the world, but it’s a “real privilege” to return to covering Africa at such a critical time in Kenya and around the continent.

“I have long admired CNN International’s award-winning coverage, and I’m honored to be joining such a talented team. I look forward to sharing the full spectrum of life in one of the most dynamic parts of the world with CNN’s global audiences,” said Larry Madowo.

Madowo had until recently being serving as the BBC’s North America Correspondent in Washington, D.C., covering major U.S news stories. He is known for covering the 2020 American presidential election, the protests following the death of George Floyd and the trial of Derek Chauvin, as well as providing constant updates on the Covid-19 outbreak all over the world.

Before joining BBC, he started at KTN then worked for NTV Kenya. His new appointment marks a return to Nairobi for the Kenyan-born Madowo.

Larry Madowo enrolled for a Communication degree in 2006 at Daystar University at the Athi River Campus and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree.  He also has a Master’s in Business and Economics Journalism from Columbia University in New York.

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