Celebrated journalist Larry Madowo is leaving his post as BBC’s North America Correspondent in Washington to return to Nairobi, after three years with the British media outlet.

Larry who covered major US stories for the BBC including the Black Lives Matter protests over death of George Floyd, the Covid-19 outbreak and the hotly contested 2020 presidential election returns to Kenya to take up a new position as the Nairobi correspondent for CNN.

Deborah Rayner, Senior Vice President of International Newsgathering and Managing Editor, Europe, Middle East and Africa for CNN International made the announcement on Thursday.

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Larry Madowo was the BBC North America Correspondent in Washington and covered major US stories including George Floyd murder protests, the Covid-19 outbreak and the 2020 presidential election. PHOTO/COURTESY

“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,” Rayner said of Larry.

Madowo is elated about the opportunity to return Nairobi at such a critical time.

“I have long admired CNN International’s award-winning coverage, and I’m honoured 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 world with CNN’s global audiences,” he said.

Madowo who previously served as the BBC Africa Business Editor started his career at KTN at the age of 20 and holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Daystar University.

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Larry started his career at KTN at the age of 20. PHOTO/COURTESY

He also has a Master’s in Business and Economics Journalism from Columbia University in New York, where he was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow.

Before his move to BBC in 2018, the 33-year-old who was born in Siaya County, worked for NTV Kenya and CNBC Africa.

He speaks four languages- English, Swahili, French and Dholuo.

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