Former KTN News Anchor Michael Oyier Dies While Receiving Treatment

KTN Journalist Michael Oyier
KTN Journalist Michael Oyier

Former Kenya Television Network (KTN) news anchor Michael Oyier on Friday succumbed to illness while receiving treatment at the Nairobi hospital.

However, there was no clear detail of the exact illness the deceased was suffering from before his sudden demise.

In 2002, Oyier joined Standard Group Media as a news anchor at KTN where he worked for nine years until 2012 when he quit.

While at Standard Group, he also joined the editorial department where he wrote several pieces while similarly working as a new anchor.

Former KTN journalist Michael Oyier (centre and with spectacles) during the 5th Annual Talent Summit on November 2021
Former KTN journalist Michael Oyier (centre and with spectacles) during the 5th Annual Talent Summit on November 2021
Michael Oyier

With over 20 years of experience as a journalist, Oyier was a skilled public speaker, moderator, master of ceremony, facilitator, voice-over artist, singer and actor.

Oyier was also a leadership coach with experience spanning half a decade helping leaders and leadership teams, both locally and internationally.

Fellow journalists who mourned him termed him as a gentle soul. Prior to his death, Oyier worked as a psychologist and life coach.

Oyier holds a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Management. 

He also holds a certificate in Manager Programme from the Strathmore Business School and a certificate in Executive Leadership coaching from the Coach Development Institute Africa.

The former journalist worked closely with medical institutions such as Mathare Mental Hospital and Kenyatta National Hospital, and private organisations as he advanced to help individuals, couples, families, groups, and teams in organisations overcome various challenges.

"This is devastating. I have been undertaking some consultancy work with Michael for the last three months. It's unbelievable that this soft-spoken man is no more. Rest easy," Nation Media journalist James Smart mourned the deceased.

Michael will be remembered for mobilising institutions to introduce counselling as an essential service for employee productivity and community health.

Journalist Michael Oyier (left) with the late Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore
Journalist Michael Oyier (left) with the former Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore
Riz Mehar
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