Jeff Koinange

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Jeff Koinange
Born (1966-01-07) 7 January 1966 (age 53)
ResidenceNairobi, Kenya
Alma materNew York University
OccupationTV Anchor. Radio Presenter
Years active25
EmployerCitizen TV , Hot 96 and East Africans got talent (recent)
Notable work
Capital Talk
Jeff Koinange Live
Home townBanana, Kiambu Kenya
TelevisionCitizen tv
Spouse(s)Sheila Koinange
AwardsEmmy Award

Jeff Koinange (born 7th January 1966) is a Kenyan journalist and talk show host of Jeff Koinange Live on Citizen TV since February 2017. He is also the breakfast host alongside co-host Professor Hamo, at HOT 96, the English station owned by Royal Media Services . He is also a judge representing Kenya at the new East Africa's Got Talent That first premiered on 04th Aug 2019 . He previously served as the Africa correspondent for CNN and CNN International from 2001 to 2007, and later as chief reporter at TV station K24 from 2007 to December 2012.[1] Before joining KTN, he has also worked with KTN on his brand news program Jeff Koinange Live. He previously served as the Chief Anchor, Africa for Arise Television Ltd based in Johannesburg[2].

Early life and career[edit]

Koinange was born in Kenya and worked with Kenya's first independent television channel KTN Kenya Television Network. He attended Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, NY between 1987–1989 and graduated with an associate degree. He also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism from New York University.

Prior to joining CNN, Koinange worked for Reuters Television from 1995 to 2001, covering Africa and serving as their chief producer from 1999 to 2001. He also worked as a producer at NBC News in 1994 and also worked for ABC News earlier in his career from 1991 to 1992. He is married to Shaila Koinange.

CNN career[edit]

Included among the more significant stories Koinange has covered for CNN in Africa were the crisis in Darfur, the civil wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone and the famine in Niger, for which Koinange won an Emmy award.

Most recently, in early 2007, Koinange was reprimanded by the government of Nigeria for his coverage[3] of the Movement for the Emanicipation of the Niger Delta (MEND). In his report, Koinange accompanied masked MEND guerillas to a camp where they were holding a number of Filipino hostages. The Nigerian government said that the report was "staged", a charge CNN denies.[4]

Koinange has also covered news outside of Africa, including extensive reporting on the aftermath of the Hurricane Katrina crisis as well as the Iraq War.[5]

On 29 May 2007, CNN announced that Koinange was no longer employed by the network.[6]

Post-CNN career[edit]

Seven months after leaving CNN, Koinange was hired as a news anchor by a new Kenyan TV station, K24, which started doing test runs in Nairobi in December 2007. He was the host of Capital Talk Show. He now hosts 'Jeff Koinange Live', a talk show aired on Citizen TV Kenya, part of Royal Media Services.


  1. ^ "Jeff Koinange heads to South Africa from K24". Kenyan Post. 18 December 2012.
  2. ^ Retrieved 11 M. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Koinange, Jeff (10 February 2002). Koinange: Big guns, big oil collide in Nigeria. CNN
  4. ^ Staff report (1 June 2007). CNN accused of ‘staging’ report on kidnapped Pinoys in Nigeria.[permanent dead link] ABS-CBN
  5. ^ Staff report (Spring 2006). Kingsborough Spawned Intrepid CNN Correspondent, Jeff Koinange Archived 2007-06-14 at the Wayback Machine CUNY Matters.
  6. ^ Jeff Koinange No Longer Employed By CNN. Archived 2007-06-01 at the Wayback Machine TVNewser via mediabistro

External links[edit]

Citizen TV