5 Journalists Who've Worked at Citizen TV, NTV and KTN Stations

  • The only constant in life is change, and with that, there comes a time in a person's life where they make major moves in their careers. 

    The journalism field is a dynamic one and professionals in the field have to always reinvent themselves and learn to remain relevant if they are to offer value for the companies they work for.

    With constant changes in say, technology or editorial strategies, journalists are seen moving from one media house to another in the quest of bettering their career prospects.

    Below, we take a look at Kenyan journalists who have literally worked for all mainstream broadcasters over the course of their careers; that is Citizen TV, KTN and NTV:

    Citizen TV, KTN News and NTV logos

    1. Yvonne Okwara

    For Okwara, her media journey began when she was only eight years while still at KBC where she hosted a children's variety show that she later outgrew.

    Despite having studied Microbiology at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Jkuat), the hard-hitting journalist joined Hot 96 FM, before joining the Nation Media Group through QFM, QTV.

    She later moved to KTN  where she worked as a senior anchor and content producer.

    Citizen TV anchor Yvonne Okwara

    She hosted a Sunday night talk show ‘Checkpoint’, where she moderated analysts in a no-holds-barred assessment of the week's biggest stories. She was also the Head of News Anchors at KTN before moving to Citizen TV in 2018.

    At Citizen TV, she hosts News Gang, a show where she dissects the news and current affairs with fellow anchors, Joe Agey, Linus Kaikai, Jamila Mohammed and Francis Gachuri.

    2. Joe Ageyo

    With a career in journalism spanning over 20 years, Joe Ageyo got his start at KBC in 1998, where he worked as an intern without pay for 18 months.

    He later joined KTN in 2000 as a general news reporter, where he focused on environmental stories. 

    His pieces have earned him prestigious awards including the “Environmental Journalist of the Year” in 2001 staged by the National Media Trust.

    "Joe Ageyo

    He worked for NTV Kenya from February 2005 holding various positions including the last one, as Head of News Production. 

    He left NTV in November 2012 where he went on to join KTN. In April 2018, Joe Ageyo resigned from KTN and moved to the Citizen TV where he is currently the Editorial Director.

    3. Mashirima Kapombe

    While pursuing her communication and electronic media degree at the Daystar University between 2008 and 2012, Mashirima worked as an intern at KBC in 2011 before moving to the now-defunct Q FM where she was contracted as a news reporter for six months. 

    By the end of the year, she landed a job at NTV as an anchor/reporter. She would later move to KTN on February 4, 2013.

    While at the station, she won several awards like the AJEA - Young journalist of the Year (2013), AJEA - Gender Reporter of the Year (2014) and AJEA - Children and Youth Affairs Reporter of the Year (2014).

    In 2018, Mashirima was poached by Citizen TV to add on to their stellar cast of Swahili presenters.

    Mashirima Kapombe

    4. Linus Kaikai

    In 1997, while working for KTN, Linus won the CNN African Television Journalist 1st Prize. He thereafter spent 8 years working at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

    He would later return to KTN in 2001 where he was the managing editor in charge of quality and product development.

    Kaikai, who holds a Master's degree in International Journalism, from the Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, moved to NTV as a general manager in 

    Linus currently works as the director of strategy and innovation at Citizen TV, where he joined in 2018.


    5. Nimrod Taabu

    The award-winning journalist began his career at The Standard newspaper as an assistant reporter in 2000.

    He was later elevated to news anchor and reporter at KTN, a position he held for four years.

    Nimrod later joined NTV as a senior anchor and reporter in the editorial department.

    In 2018, he resigned from NTV and joined Citizen TV's Kiswahili desk.

    Nimrod Taabu