Top KTN journalist Shadrack Mitty dies in hospital

Shadrack Mitty, a senior news reporter for KTN and Standard Group, has passed away.

Mitty died at Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral, and Research Hospital (KUTRRH) due to heart-related issues, according to preliminary reports.

Mitty’s distinguished media career included a notable tenure at Nation Media Group, where he worked as a correspondent for Qtv from 2012 to 2016. His subsequent move to KTN further cemented his reputation as a dedicated and skilled journalist.

The news of Mitty’s death has prompted a wave of grief and heartfelt tributes from his colleagues and peers. Former NTV political journalist Kennedy Muriithi expressed his deep sorrow over the loss of his friend, stating, “I am gutted. I am lost. I have woken to the sad news of the passing of my great friend and colleague in the journalism field. A fine multi-lingual journalist whom we started with at QTV before he transitioned to KTN. I write, go well brother, but this one has hit me hard. Our phone call of 10th May is now replaying in my mind. Rest ndugu, rest.”

ODM Communication Director Philip Etale also paid tribute to Mitty, emphasizing his dedication and passion for journalism. “Waking up to the sad news of the passing of my friend and colleague in journalism Shadrack Mitty. This was one journalist who loved his job. He was dedicated and never shied from asking as many questions as possible to understand the story for informed dissemination to the masses. The media industry has lost a good man,” Etale wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Mitty’s passing comes just a month after the death of former KTN News anchor Michael Oyier. Oyier died while receiving treatment at a Nairobi hospital, according to his relatives.

Oyier, a seasoned journalist, spent nine years as an anchor and broadcaster for Standard Group before leaving in 2012. He later pursued a career in counseling and executive leadership coaching, leveraging his qualifications as a psychologist.

Michael Oyier was the second child in a family of five and is survived by his two children. Despite his background in Psychology and Management, Oyier enjoyed a successful career in journalism, starting at Capital FM before moving to KTN, where he had an illustrious nine-year tenure. He left KTN in 2012 to focus on his passion for counseling.