CNN hires Larry Madowo as Nairobi-based correspondent 'WHAT A CAREER!'
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Larry Madowo poached by CNN as their Nairobi-based correspondent.’WHAT A CAREER!’

Larry Madowo is leaving the BBC to take up another position with CNN as the organization’s Nairobi-based reporter.

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

Madowo served as BB’S North America Correspondent in Washington.

He additionally was a fill-in anchor for the organization’s flagship BBC World News America show that airs worldwide and on PBS stations across the United States.

This task denotes a return to Nairobi for the Kenyan-born reporter, who began his broadcast at a Kenyan Television Network at 20 years old.

“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 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 appreciated reporting from the US and around the world, but it’s a such a privilege to get back to covering Africa at this particularly 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.

Prior to joining the BBC he worked for NTV Kenya and CNBC Africa, where he moored the business channel’s daily market shows Open Exchange, Power Lunch and Closing Bell in Johannesburg.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Daystar University in Kenya he is also known to hold a masters in Business and Economics Journalism from Columbia University in New York, where he was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow.

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