Larry Madowo quits BBC and joins CNN as a Nairobi-based Correspondent

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Larry Madowo [Image; Twitter]
Larry Madowo has just scaled up in his career and taken a new position with Cable News Network (CNN)  as the media giant’s Nairobi-based correspondent.

On Thursday, Madowo’s new role was announced by  Deborah Rayner, a Senior Vice President of International Newsgathering and Managing Editor, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, for CNN International.

Previously at BBC, Larry Madowo worked as North America Correspondent in Washington as well as the BBC Africa Business Editor.

The media personality also doubled up as a fill-in newscaster for the media firm’s flagship BBC World News America show that airs globally in PBS stations across the United States.
Now that he will work as CNN’s Nairobi-based correspondent, Madowo will reportedly make a return to Nairobi, where he kickstarted his broadcasting career at Kenya Television Network at the age of 20.
Larry Madowo quits BBC and joins CNN as a Nairobi-based Correspondent [Photo; google]

“From enterprise reporting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region to investigations into oil drilling in Namibia’s Kavango Basin, via a range of cultural and business stories across dedicated programming, Africa has never been more visible on CNN’s multiple platforms,” Rayner said in a statement.

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“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.”

In response to his new role, Madowo in a statement said that he enjoyed reporting from the US and different parts of the world, but it’s more than a privilege to come back to his roots and cover news from Africa at such a critical time in Kenya and around the continent.

“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,” he said.

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Larry Madowo’s message after joining CNN [Photo; Google]
Before joining the BBC  fraternity, Larry Madowo worked for  NTV Kenya and CNBC Africa, where he anchored the business channel’s daily market shows Open Exchange, Power Lunch, and Closing Bell in Johannesburg.

The media personality has a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Daystar University in Kenya as well as a master’s in Business and Economics Journalism from Columbia University in New York, where he was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow.

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