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Entertainment - May 13, 2021

Larry Madowo Poached by CNN

CNN has hired media personality Larry Madowo to be its Nairobi-based correspondent. Deborah Rayner, the Senior Vice President of International Newsgathering and Managing Editor in Africa for CNN International, announced in a press release dated Thursday, May 13. Madowo will be coming back to his home country where he started his broadcasting career at KTN, at the age of 20.

BBC journalist Larry Madowo

“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 Rayner. “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.” On his part, Madowo stated that he had enjoyed reporting from the U.S. and around the world for BBC.

He, however, noted that it was a real privilege to return to covering Africa at such a critical time in Kenya and around the continent.  “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,” the Kenyan journalist stated. 

“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 spectrum of life in one of the most dynamic parts of the world with CNN’s global audiences,” he added. Previously, Madowo served as the BBC Africa Business Editor, where he oversaw the launch of six syndicated shows in three languages and managed more than two dozen business journalists based in London and four African
countries. Before joining the BBC he worked for NTV Kenya and CNBC Africa, where he anchored the business channel’s daily market shows Open Exchange, Power Lunch and Closing Bell in Johannesburg.

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