Jeff Koinange

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Jeff Koinange
Born (1966-01-07) 7 January 1966 (age 50)
Residence Nairobi, Kenya
Nationality Kenyan
Ethnicity African
Alma mater New York University
Occupation Chief Anchor, Arise News (2013–)
Notable work Capital Talk
Jeff Koinange Live
Religion Christianity
Spouse(s) Shaila Koinange
Children 1

Jeff Koinange (born 7 January 1966) is a Kenyan journalist and talk show host of Jeff Koinange Live on KTN since October 2013. 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 served as the Chief Anchor, Africa for Arise Television Ltd based in Johannesburg[2]


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. 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 the Kenya Television Network (KTN).

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 May 29, 2007, CNN announced that Koinange was no longer employed by the network. He had apparently been caught up with a sex scandal that CNN did not want to become associated with.[6]


  1. ^ "Jeff Koinange heads to South Africa from K24". Kenyan Post. December 18, 2012. 
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  3. ^ Koinange, Jeff (February 10, 2002). Koinange: Big guns, big oil collide in Nigeria. CNN
  4. ^ Staff report (June 1, 2007). CNN accused of ‘staging’ report on kidnapped Pinoys in Nigeria. ABS-CBN
  5. ^ Staff report (Spring 2006). Kingsborough Spawned Intrepid CNN Correspondent, Jeff Koinange CUNY Matters.
  6. ^ Jeff Koinange No Longer Employed By CNN. TVNewser via mediabistro

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