Larry Madowo Biography
Larry Madowo is a Kenyan journalist and CNN International Correspondent. He is a business, technology, current affairs, politics, and popular culture reporter, broadcaster, writer, and news anchor. His work has appeared in prominent international publications such as the BBC, CNN International, the Washington Post, and The Guardian.
Madowo is also well-known for his social media presence, with a combined following of over 4 million people on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Madowo is also a frequent moderator and speaker at international media, technology, and business conferences.
How old is Larry Madowo? – Age
He was born on July 14, 1987, in Siaya Kenya. He is 34 years as of 2021.
Where did Larry Madowo go to school? – Education
Madowo grew up in a variety of Kenyan towns, including Siaya, Kisumu, and Nairobi. He went to Usingo and Karapul primary schools, as well as St Gabriel’s Seminary for high school. He had meant to become a Catholic priest, but by the time he graduated from high school, his plans had altered. He majored in broadcast journalism in college.
Larry Madowo – Family
He was born to Mr. Madowo and Treazer Anyango Madowo, a primary school teacher. He had lost both of his parents before the age of 14, and he had to suffer from an early age. Larry has a younger sister, Liz Madowo, who graduated from Moi University. Liz is both a fashion blogger and a stylist.
Larry Madowo’s wife
He is currently in a relationship with the DW News anchor Edith Kimani.
What is Larry Madowo Salary?
Madowo earns an estimated salary ranging from $10,900 to $20,000.
Madowo Net Worth
He has a net worth of $8.5 million.
Larry Madowo Career
Madowo enrolled in a Communication degree program at Daystar University in Nairobi in 2006. Madowo interned for the vernacular radio station Bahasha FM in 2007, reading news in English. He quickly became a household figure in Kenya, and after three years, he left KTN for NTV, where he worked as a business anchor and reporter. He joined South African-based CNBC Africa in May 2012 as one of the primary anchors of market day programs Open Exchange, Power Lunch, and Closing Bell. His stay at CNBC Africa lasted 8 months and in December 2012, he went back to NTV as the technology editor and news anchor.
Madowo returned to college and graduated from Daystar University in June 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication.
During his second stint at NTV Kenya, he also freelanced for CNN International, France 24 English, the BBC, and Public Radio International, among others.
When the Kenyan daily Daily Nation refused to publish an opinion column critical of the Kenyan government’s shutdown of four major commercial TV stations in early 2018, the opinion article was published on the CNN website.
He ended his column and joined the Washington Post’s Global Opinions page as a Contributing Columnist. Madowo was announced as the next Business Editor of BBC News Africa on April 11, 2018. He was in charge of a team of business journalists in Nairobi, London, Lagos, Dakar, and Johannesburg. As a reporter or pundit on African business, he has featured on BBC World TV, BBC World Service Radio, BBC News channel in the UK, bbc.com, and BBC Radio 4.
Madowo’s radio documentary about Kenya’s Chinese-built railway won the Daily Journalism (Single Report) category at the 2019 Association of International Broadcasters Awards on November 6, 2019, in London. ‘Raha: The Joy of the Train’ was part of a series created by British production firm BlokMedia’s Peter Shevlin.
On April 9, 2019, he was designated a 2019–2020 Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University. On July 29, 2019, Madowo announced that he would be taking a break from the BBC to pursue a fellowship at Columbia Journalism School. Madowo made it to graduate from Columbia with a Master of Arts in Business and Economics Journalism on May 20, 2020. His master’s thesis on African e-commerce pioneer Jumia’s tumultuous first year on the New York Stock Exchange earned the Philip Greer Scholarship Award for Financial Writing.
He temporarily contributed to the Guardian US and the BBC.
Madowo made his comeback to the BBC as a North America Correspondent in the summer of 2020 with a report from a Coronavirus Unit in Houston, Texas. He typically reports from throughout the United States for BBC World News and the BBC World Service. He has submitted reports from North Dakota, Georgia, Kentucky, New York, Louisiana, and South and North Carolina, among other places. His coverage of the 2020 US election and Joe Biden’s inauguration has been recognized across the world.
He has interviewed presidents, world-famous musicians, global CEOs, and Sophia the Robot, among others.
In March 2020, he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In June 2020, he was a nominee for One Young World Journalist of the Year. He has twice been included in New African magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential Africans.
In talks with the New Yorker and NPR, he has also mentioned his work as a foreign reporter in the United States.
Madowo was named CNN’s Nairobi reporter in May 2021.
While writing on his experiences as a Black man in the United States, he has spoken out against racism.
After a run-in with the Kenyan government in 2018, Madowo was forced to seek refuge in a safe house and became an outspoken advocate of press freedom in Africa.
They regained their release, along with two other coworkers, after a judge granted them anticipatory bail.
Many other African journalists, he claims, endure worse threats from their governments, including death threats.