Larry Madowo is leaving the BBC to take up a new position with CNN as the network’s Nairobi-based correspondent, it was announced today by Deborah Rayner, Senior Vice President of International Newsgathering and Managing Editor, Europe, Middle E. a. Africa, for CNN International.
Madowo recently served as the BBC’s North America Correspondent in Washington, D.C., covering major U.S. news stories including the Covid-19 .break, the 2020 presidential election and the protests following the death of George Floyd and the trial of Derek Chauvin.
He also was a fill-in anchor for the network’s flagship BBC World News America show that airs globally and on PBS stations across the United States
This assignment marks a retum to Nairobi for the Kenyan-born Madowo, who started his broadcasting career at Kenya Television Network at the age of 20.
From enterprise reporting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, to investigations into or] drilling in Namibia’s Kavango Basin, via a range of cultural and business stories across dedicated programming, Africa has never been more visible on CNN’s multiple platformsaid Rayner.
Larry is an experienced journalist whose expertise across politics, business, entertainment and hard news stories will play into our diverse coverage of East Africa and beyond
I’ve enjoyed reporting from the U.S. and around the wcrld, b. it’s a real privilege to return to covering Africa at such a critical time in Kenya and around the continent. I have long admired CNN International’s award-winning coverage, and I’m honored to be joining such a talented team. I look forward to sharing the full spectrum of life in one of the most dynamic parts of the wodd with CNN’s global audiencesSaid Madowo.
Madowo previously served as the BBC Africa Business Editor, where he oversaw the launch cf six syndi.ed shows in three languages and managed more than two dozen business journalists based in London and four African countries.
Before joining the BBC he worked fa NTV Kenya and CNBC Africa, where he anchor. the business channel’s daily market shows Open Exchange, Power Lunch and Closing Bell in Johannesburg.
Named a Young Global Leader cf the World Economic Forum in 2020, Madowo has a bachelors degree in Communication from Daystar University in Kenya as well as a master’s in Business and Eccnomics Journalism fran Caumbia University in New Y., where he was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow. He speaks Swahili and Luo and is also conversational in French.