Njeri Rugene is a Media and Communications Consultant, focusing mainly on Gender, Development and Society, a Mentor and Journalism Trainer. A long serving Print Journalist with the Nation Media Group- East and Central Africa’s largest Media House- Njeri has extensive experience in Parliamentary and Political Journalism and writing on issues affecting women and children, especially Gender and Sexual Violence. At the Nation Media Group, Njeri served as Editor on various desks, the longest being on the Parliamentary Desk, News Editor, Regional Editor as head of the Coast Bureau and as Senior Editor for Content Generation. An award winning Parliamentary and gender writer, Njeri started her journalism as an intern at NMG, in early Nineties, covering Sports before joining the Group as a Reporter on its Kiswahili Newspaper Taifa Leo. Five years later, she joined the Daily Nation Team. She left the Newsroom in March 2019 after about 25-years and founded the Woman’s Newsroom Foundation.
Njeri is the author of Women Changing The Way The World Works, a publication of the Democracy Trust Fund published in November 2018. The book profiles selected Kenya women and their positive contributions to their communities in different spheres of development and leadership. A Graduate of the University of Nairobi with BA in English Literature, Kiswahili and Sociology, Njeri holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Journalism and Communication from the University’s School of Journalism. She has extensive training on Women, Leadership and Health from Kalmar University, Sweden, and from other international and local institutions such as Strathmore University where she trained on advanced leadership. A member of the Media Council of Kenya and Association of Media Women in Kenya, Njeri is also involved in mentorship of children.
Judie is an award winning multimedia journalist and thorough media trainer with over 16 years of experience in journalism. A dedicated journalist with excellent spoken and verbal communication skills and an amiable personality, she is deeply passionate about public policy, healthcare, human rights, transitional justice and gender equality. She has extensive knowledge in global journalism, human rights and media development in East Africa. A 2015 fellow of the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Programme for Journalists (Washington DC), she is a mentor in the U.S Embassy programme for Female Journalists.
She has been a media trainer for the professional development programme of the Graduate School of Media and Communications at the Aga Khan University in Nairobi, an international consultant with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on journalism training in South Sudan, a consultant for Heinrich Böll Stiftung in its Route To Food Initiative movement and US Embassy Vernacular Journalists elections training. She previously worked as the country coordinator (Kenya) and later as regional coordinator (East Africa) for Germany’s Wayamo Foundation, where she drove high-level human rights advocacy and transitional justice dialogues through public debates and informed journalism. Before that, she worked as a journalist and later as an associate editor for Capital Group Limited. She currently chairs the Africa Check Foundation board in Kenya, a subsidiary of Africa Check Trust, Africa’s leading independent fact-checking organization.
Margaretta wa Gacheru, Ph.D, is a journalist with the Nation Media Group, a media consultant and the author of ‘The Transformation of Contemporary Kenyan Art’ (1960-2010). Margaretta was served as a journalist in Kenya since the 1970s after coming to the country on a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Fellowship to the University of Nairobi. She has written for various publications including Weekly Review/Nairobi Times, Kenya Times, The Standard, The Star, Trend and Men Only magazines, and Nation Media since 1991. Margaretta has a doctorate (Ph.D) in Sociology with focus on Media studies and Globalization from Loyola University Chicago.
She has masters degrees from University of Nairobi (Literature), Northwestern University (Journalism), Loyola University (Sociology) and National Louis University (Education). Her bachelors degree is in Sociology and Comparative Religion from DePauw University. Following the United Nation Women’s Decade Conference of 1985, she went to work for Women’s World Banking’s Africa Regional Office. There she co-founded the WWB/Africa News with Mary Okelo and served as its Editor in Chief. With WWB/A, she traveled around the region assisting in the establishment of WWB affiliates comparable to the Kenya Women’s Finance Trust (which Mrs Okelo founded).
The objective of WWB is to empower women through enabling them to access credit from recognized financial institutions. Prior to coming to Kenya, Margaretta was a member of the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union where she wrote for its publication, Womankind, on numerous women’s issues. Currently, Margaretta writes on the Arts, both visual and performing for Nation Media. She also coordinates the annual Kenya Arts Diary.
Esther is a freelance media Consultant. A principled, creative and innovative team player with strong people, administrative and communication skills, she is an authority in Kenya’s Media scene. Esther made history as the first woman in Kenya to manage a mainstream newspaper, when she became the Managing Editor of the Sunday Standard. Then, she worked at the Standard Group. She was the founding Executive Director of the Media Council of Kenya and was a Senior Lecturer at Tangaza College of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and the Kenya Methodist University.
Esther has worked in the mainstream Media, in media regulation, in media development NGOs and in media training institutions at various levels. She has experience in corporate communications and served as Senior Corporate Communications Officer with Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). She has gained invaluable experience working with both internal and external audiences much of it gained at Friedrich Ebert Foundation and at the Media Council where such audiences included Government, civil society and the media. Esther began her tertiary studies at Makerere University, Kampala and has a BA in Literature from the University of Nairobi.
I have trained in Journalism with the Johnson Foundation, the Commonwealth Press Institute, both of the United Kingdom, and the International Centre for Foreign Journalists, New Jersey, USA. She has also completed a course in Sage Philosophy at the Maryknoll Institute of African Studies, Tangaza College and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Gender and Development from the University of Nairobi.
Breen Laban holds a BA in Journalism and Media studies from the University of Nairobi, School of Journalism. He has more than six years’ combined experience in mainstream, blogging and organisational communication. Laban is an accomplished reporter and communications specialist in most thematic areas, with an inclination to human rights, justice and community empowerment. Laban has worked with Nation Media Group, African Laughter (a public relations firm), among other organisations. He is also good at project monitoring and reporting, photography and graphic design.