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.