Citizen TV Journalist Wins the Michael Elliot Award

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  • Citizen TV reporter, Dorcas Wangira, has been named as the winner of the 2019 Michael Elliot Award for Excellence in African Storytelling.

    The reporter was selected from among 219 applicants for the prize by a panel of renowned judges.

    Wangira emerged top following her story, "The App and the Cut" that run on KTN News in June 2018 before she was poached by Citizen TV.

    A photo of Citizen TV reporter, Dorcas Wangira

    On her Twitter page, Wangira expressed her delight at the win, thanking everyone that had supported and encouraged her.

    "I am deeply humbled and honoured to be the recipient of the 2019 Michael Elliot Award for Excellence in African Storytelling.

    "I am grateful to everyone who has offered their support, encouragement and trusted me with our greatest currency in Africa: story!" she stated.

    Wangira is a feature reporter, who specialises on social issues, health, and science.

    The feature which warranted her win is 25 minutes long and narrates the plight of girls forced to undergo Female Genital Mutilation. She also narrates the story of high school girls that have invented an app to help their colleagues evade the illegal practice.

    The award, which was established in 2016 in honor of Michael Elliot, an outstanding editor and philanthropist, is given by the International Center for Journalist (ICFJ) in partnership with the Elliot family.

    It is aimed at advancing the work of emerging journalists who strive to improve people's well being.