Where Are They Now: Citizen TV Reporters Who Faced the Axe

  • A collage image of Evelyn Wambui and Makori Ongechi
    A collage image of Evelyn Wambui and Makori Ongechi

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  • Over the years, Citizen TV has dominated the airwaves and given Kenyans an opportunity to watch some of the most talented journalists in the media industry tell stories from different parts of the world.

    However, just like any other industry, journalists often face the axe given the harsh economic times faced by the companies they work for.

    Citizen TV has had its fair share of sackings which have seen some of the most promising journalists who graced the TV screens lose their jobs.

    Here is a list of Citizen TV journalists who lost their jobs and what they are doing now.

    Former Citizen TV reporter Evelyn Wambui and current Regional Communications and Media Specialist at Plan International.
    Former Citizen TV reporter Evelyn Wambui and current Regional Communications and Media Specialist at Plan International.
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    Evelyn Wambui

    While at Royal Media Services Limited, Wambui became a darling for many Kenyans for her current affairs and human interest reporting.

    However, in 2016, the journalist lost her job at a time Citizen TV was conducting internal restructuring. Her departure from the station saw her land a role in Machakos county government as a communications advisor - a role she held for 5 months.

    She later started her podcast production that focused on human interest stories.

    Wambui is currently the Regional Media and Communications Specialist for Plan International for the Middle East, East and Southern Africa region.

    Makori Ongechi

    A file image of former Citizen TV reporter Makori Ongechi
    A file image of former Citizen TV reporter Makori Ongechi
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    Ongechi faced the axe in 2021 after having served at the station for over 4 years. The reporter joined the station in 2017 as an intern and rose up the ranks to become a reporter.

    He later joined the Kenya Institute of Special Education (KISE) as a media consultant - a position he left in December last year to focus on his production company founded the same year.

    The Azimiokuu Brand Africa specialises in advertising and production of documentaries.

    Additionally, the journalist also runs a business where he sells fresh vegetables and fruits.

    Kendagor Obadiah

    Similar to other journalists on the list, Obadiah lost his job in 2016. The journalist then ventured into politics and contested for the Kapenguria parliamentary seat in 2017 on a Maendeleo Chap Chap party ticket.

    He, however, lost to the incumbent, Samuel Moroto.

    At the time, he stated that he wanted to solve the issues that were facing his community including cattle rustling.

    Since then, he has maintained a low profile and works closely with his area Member of Parliament.

    Terryanne Chebet 

    After being fired in 2016, the journalist joined Fanaka television where she became the Chief Executive Officer. In 2019, she also joined Metropol TV is the same capacity.

    She left Metropol in June 2020 and currently works as Lead, Strategic Communications and Public Relations for the Pink Foundry - a company founded in 2020.

    Former Metropol TV General Manager Terryanne Chebet.
    Former Metropol TV General Manager Terryanne Chebet.
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