Ex-Standard Media Journalist Evelyne Ogutu Dies After Delivering Twins

  • A collage photo of former Standard Media Group journalist and PR Practitioner.
    A collage photo of former Standard Media Group journalist and PR Practitioner.
    Evelyne Ogutu
  • Evelyne Ogutu, a former Standard Media Group journalist, died on Friday, November 11, after delivering twins through a cesarean section in a city hospital.

    Ogutu, before her demise, was the head of communications at the Heinrich Boll Foundation. 

    A source close to the deceased indicated that the newborn twins were alive, with doctors closely monitoring their progress. 

    Her friends and colleagues in the industry expressed their shock at Ogutu's death and eulogised her as a loving, caring and dedicated media practitioner. 

    Former Standard Journalist Evelyne Ogutu in past assignment.
    Former Standard Journalist Evelyne Ogutu in a past assignment.
    Evelyne Ogutu

    She was also described as a devoted friend and mentor in the industry. 

    "There are people who we meet and make our friends, then there are those who become our friends before our first meeting, then one day, you go to a WhatsApp group, and you meet the news that she will never call again," Dennis Itumbi, a digital media strategist, eulogised. 

    "Condolences to the family and friends of Evelyne Ogutu. Such tragic and bad news," economist Mohamed Wehliye added. 

    "This is devastating news. I can’t believe this," ODM Communications Director mourned. 

    Ogutu’s enjoyed an illustrious career in the communication industry, having worked with reputable organisations. 

    She proclaimed herself a self-made communication practitioner with her passion for the career dating back to her childhood.

    Upon completing her secondary school education, Ogutu pursued a communications course at the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC) in Nairobi before furthering her studies at Kenyatta University (KU). 

    She started her career as a writer at the Standard Media Group, initially at the Nyeri Bureau and later in Nairobi.

    In her seven years stint at the Standard, Ogutu developed her profile in the industry and was credited for the inception of the Instinct and Eve Woman publications. 

    She would later leave the newsroom to venture into public relations, where she had a thriving career. 

    Among the notable projects linked to her name include the East African Community (EAC) integration in her role as a strategist.

    However, she admitted to having experienced difficulties at some point in her career and contemplated quitting her job.

    Ogutu, nonetheless, benefitted from high-profile assignments in terms of networking with the prominent persons she worked with. 

    She was also picked as the lead communication consultant for MediaEdge Public Relations at the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) held in Nairobi.

    The deceased leaves behind five children, three older ones and the newborn twins.

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