Cable News Network (CNN) announced Thursday that they have hired Larry Madowo as its Nairobi-based correspondent.

The announcement has caught many by surprise because until very recently Madowo through his social media posts, seemed to be enjoying life in the US as a BBC’s North America Correspondent in Washington, D.C.

CNN has cited Madowo’s vast experience in the media industry as the reason for his consideration.

“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,” the Senior Vice President of International Newsgathering and Managing Editor, Europe, Middle East and Africa, for CNN International at the CNN Deborah Rayner said in a statement.

On his part, Madowo said, “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.”

Before joining the BBC, Madowo worked at Kenya’s NTV as a news anchor and a show host for The Trend. He had worked at the Nation Media Group-owned station for 5 years.

In March 2018, he left NTV only to join BBC in April the same year as a business editor.

Larry is among the few Kenyan Journalists who shall go down in history to have worked for CNN, which prides itself as a worldwide leader in News.

Citizen TV’s award-winning journalist Jeff Koinanage has also worked for CNN. Jeff was CNN’s Africa correspondent until 2007.

By Mercy Mueni

Multimedia journalist

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