Larry Madowo leaves BBC, joins CNN as Nairobi Correspondent

Larry Madowo has left the BBC to work with CNN as their Nairobi-based correspondent.

The declaration was made public today by Deborah Rayner, Senior Vice President of International Newsgathering and Managing Editor, Europe, Middle East and Africa, for CNN International.

Madowo served as the BBC’s North America Correspondent in Washington, D.C.

During that period he covered major U.S. news stories inclusive of the Covid-19 outbreak, the 2020 presidential election and the death of George Floyd.

The renowned journalist was also a fill-in anchor for the network’s flagship BBC World News America show that airs globally and on PBS stations across the United States.

The CNN project marks Madowo’s homecoming to Nairobi where he began his career at 20 years.

“From enterprise reporting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region to investigations into oil drilling in Namibia’s Kavango Basin, via a range of cultural and business stories across dedicated programming, Africa has never been more visible on CNN’s multiple platforms,” Rayner remarked 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 says he had enjoyed reporting from the US and around the world, but it’s a privilege to come back to covering Africa at such a crucial time in Kenya and around the continent.

“I have long admired CNN International’s award-winning coverage, and I’m honoured 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,” he said.

Madowo worked for NTV Kenya and CNBC Africa before joining the BBC.

He anchored the business channel’s daily market shows Open Exchange, Power Lunch and Closing Bell in Johannesburg.

Madowo has a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Daystar University in Kenya as well as a master’s in Business and Economics Journalism from Columbia University in New York, where he was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow.

He was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2020.

By Everlyne Bosibori


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