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Jeff Koinange

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Jeff Koinange
Born (1966-01-07) 7 January 1966 (age 58)

Jeff Mwaura Koinange MBS (born 7 January 1966) is a Kenyan journalist and host of Jeff Koinange Live, a talk show on Citizen TV since February 2017. He was also a radio host, alongside Nick Odhiambo, on the breakfast show at HOT 96, the English-language station owned by Royal Media Services. He was a judge representing Kenya at the new East Africa's Got Talent, which premiered on 4 August 2019. He 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 worked with KTN on his branded news program, Jeff Koinange Live. He had earlier served as the chief anchor Africa for Arise Television Ltd based in Johannesburg.[2] He joined East Africa's Got Talent as a judge alongside Gaetano Kagwa, Makeda Mahadeo and Vanessa Mdee.[3]

Early life and career[edit]

Koinange was born in Kenya and worked with Kenya's first independent television channel KTN. Between 1987 and 1989, he attended Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, New York, and graduated with an associate degree. He also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism from New York University.[citation needed]

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 earlier worked for ABC News, from 1991 to 1992. He married his second wife, Shaila Koinange, in 1998.[4]

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 he won an Emmy award.

In early 2007, Koinange was reprimanded by the government of Nigeria for his coverage[5] of the Movement for the Emancipation 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 denied.[6]

He has also covered news outside of Africa, including extensive reporting on the aftermath of the Hurricane Katrina crisis in the US and the Iraq War.[7]

On 29 May 2007, CNN announced that Koinange was no longer employed by the network.[8]

Post-CNN career[edit]

Seven months after leaving CNN, Koinange was hired as a news anchor by a new Kenyan TV station, K24, which began test transmissions 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 and a prime news anchor for the same station.[9]

Book: Through my African eyes[edit]

In his autobiography, Through My African Eyes, published in 2014 by the Footprints Press Kenya, Koinange describes his school days and his career climb to be one of Africa’s most recognised journalists. Despite being a public figure, he has kept a lot of his personal life private, and the book serves as a window into his life.

Philanthropy and Community Work[edit]

Koinange has been very prominent in giving back to the community in different ways. In 2017, he began an initiative to develop and stock a library in the Kibera slums where students from the neighbourhood can gain access to reading material. He has also done notable speaking engagements, such as at the Journalism In Africa forum, organised by a community organisation called Fatuma’s Voice in 2016.[citation needed]


Koinange is a country music lover and appeared with Kenyan singer Sir Elvis at the Country Roads event at Thika Greens Golf Resort in September 2019.[10] Koinange had previously appeared with Sir Elvis at other events.[11][12]


  1. ^ "Jeff Koinange heads to South Africa from K24". Kenyan Post. 18 December 2012.
  2. ^ "About Jeff". Jeff Koinange. Archived from the original on 14 February 2018. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  3. ^ Wanjohi, John. "Jeff Koinange Named among 'East Africa's Got Talent' Judges". Mwakilishi. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  4. ^ Ellen, Harmon (5 November 2019). "Intimate Details of Jeff Koinange's Low-key Wife". Kenyans.co.ke. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  5. ^ Koinange, Jeff (10 February 2002). Koinange: Big guns, big oil collide in Nigeria. CNN
  6. ^ Staff report (1 June 2007). CNN accused of ‘staging’ report on kidnapped Pinoys in Nigeria.[permanent dead link] ABS-CBN
  7. ^ Staff report (Spring 2006). Kingsborough Spawned Intrepid CNN Correspondent, Jeff Koinange Archived 14 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine CUNY Matters.
  8. ^ Jeff Koinange No Longer Employed By CNN. Archived 1 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine TVNewser via mediabistro
  9. ^ "Jeff Koinange". Royal Media Services. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  10. ^ Kenyans.co.ke, 29 September 2019 - Citizen TV's Jeff Koinange & Moses Kuria Show off Musical Prowess By EDDY MWANZA
  11. ^ The Star, 11 December 2019 - SOCIETY, Country Roads wows Nanyuki
  12. ^ Capital FM Kenya, 10 December 2019 - WhiteCap Beer For Brunch and Country Roads Festival Highlights

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