CNN has hired journalist Larry Madowo as its Nairobi-based correspondent.
In a letter released today, the American television network which has an international footprint said Larry will cover the East African region and beyond. Larry has been working as the BBC North American correspondent based in Washington D.C.
“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,” said Deborah Rayner, Senior Vice President of International Newsgathering and Managing Editor, Europe, Middle East and Africa, for CNN International.
“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,” she added.
Larry made significant milestones while working for BBC such as covering the protests following the death of George Floyd, and covering the 2020 US presidential elections.
He also was a fill-in anchor for the network’s flagship BBC World News America show that airs on PBS stations across the United States and globally.
Madowo started his broadcasting career at the age of 20. He has worked for KTN, NTV Kenya and CNBC Africa.
“I’ve enjoyed reporting from the U.S. 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,” Madowo said in a statement.
Madowo has a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Daystar University in Kenya as well as a masters in Business and Economics Journalism from Columbia University in New York. He was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow. He was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2020.