Journalist Larry Madowo has been hired by CNN as its Nairobi-based correspondent, ending his run with the BBC.
In a statement dated May 13th, CNN confirmed the return to Nairobi for Madowo, who has had a fruitful run with the BBC.
Deborah Reyner, Senior Vice President of International Newsgathering and Managing Editor of Europe, Middle East and Africa for CNN International, confirmed the news.
“From enterprise reporting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region to investigations on oil drilling in Kavango Basin in Namibia…Africa has never been more visible on CNN’s multiple platforms,” Reyner said, “Larry is an experienced journalist with expertise across politics, business, entertainment and hard news stories, which will play into our diverse coverage of East African and Beyond.”
Madowo, on his part, stated that it was a real privilege to return to covering stories in Africa, especially during such a critical time in the continent. He termed it an honour to join CNN and work with its ‘talented team.’
“I have long admired award-winning coverage by CNN International, and I am honoured to be joining such a talented team. I look forward to sharing the full life spectrum in one of the world’s most dynamic parts with CNN’s global audience,” he said.
Larry’s journalism journey
Before joining the BBC, Madowo had worked for NTV Kenya and also worked for CNBC Africa. He anchored business shows such as Open Exchange, Closing Bell in Johannesburg and Power Lunch.
He then moved to the BBC as the Africa Business correspondent and oversaw the launch of six syndicated shows in three languages.
Madowo then served as BBC’s correspondent to North America in Washington D.C. While there, he managed to cover major stories in the United States, including the COVID-19 outbreak, the 2020 Presidential Elections and protests on the murder of George Floyd.
Madowo started his broadcasting career at KTN when he was 20. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Daystar University and a Master’s in Business and Economics Journalism from Columbia University, New York.