Kenyan journalists have always spoken highly of how their high school and subsequent education shaped their lives. Some discovered their talents at drama and journalism clubs while others learnt the trade from mentors they met during this phase of their lives.
Although much is known about the universities and colleges that most journalists attended, little is known about their secondary schools.
At Citizen TV, Editorial Director and media guru Joe Ageyo is an alumnus of Sawagongo High School in Siaya County. Now an extra-county school, Sawagongo is a highly revered school, churning out high-profile alumni like Ugunja MP, Opiyo Wandayi and former Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) boss Ambrose Adeya Adongo.
Ageyo, later on, graduated with a Masters of Science in Environmental Governance from the University of Manchester, a Bachelor of Agribusiness Management from Egerton University, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Mass Communication from the University of Nairobi, and a certificate in Advanced Studies in Environmental Diplomacy from the University of Geneva, Switzerland
Political Editor Francis Gachuri attended Senior Chief Koinange High School, Kiambaa. He then joined Moi University for his higher education.
Gracing the screens on Thursday nights, senior anchor Yvonne Okwara is an alumnus of Kianda School. Okwara joined the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), where she graduated with a degree in Microbiology.
"I got advice from top journalists to focus on journalism as a career, but it's also a craft. If you are passionate about something, then study, not necessarily in that field. Going to school is all about being educated," she explained why she did a different course.
Jamila Mohamed, the station's Managing Editor attended Ngara Girls' High School. She then joined the UoN where she studied Journalism and Media Studies before undertaking an executive masters study at the Aga Khan University.
Monday Report presenter, Trevor Ombija, who occasionally hosts the Day Break show, is an old boy of Anding'o Opanga Secondary School. Ombija joined UoN to pursue an undergraduate degree in journalism.
Jeff Koinange, who hosts the JKL Live Show as well as the Weekend Edition, went to Hospital Hill School in Nairobi's Parklands area. His co-host and Lilian Muli attended Loreto Convent Msongari, an all-girls secondary school in the up-market Lavington estate.
News Night host Waihiga Mwaura attended the Rusinga Group of Schools where he was school mates with former Citizen TV anchor Anne Kiguta. The Special Projects Editor later joined Africa Nazarene University where he graduated with a degree in Computer Science.
Swahili host Mashirima Kapombe and her female counterpart Lulu Hassan attended Bishop Gatimu Ngandu Girls High School and the Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa, respectively.
News presenter and host Willis Raburu is an alumnus of Chemilil High School from which he joined Moi University for his undergraduate. Popularly known for his 'Wabebe' slogan, Raburu is currently doing a Masters Degree in Strategic Corporate Communications at the United States International University.
Lastly, Veteran journalist Swaleh Mdoe is an alumnus of Tudor Day School. Komla Dumor Award winner Victoria Rubadiri attended the Atlantic City High School in New Jersey, America.
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