Joachim Buwembo

Knight International Journalism Fellow, Sub-Saharan Africa

As a Knight Development Journalism Fellow in Tanzania from 2009-2011, Joachim Buwembo transformed agricultural issues throughout the country. He led a project to improve coverage of poverty and development issues in Tanzania by creating “Kilimo Kwanza,” (Agriculture First), the country’s first agriculture supplement.

Buwembo, a writer and media consultant based in Kampala, Uganda, has served as editor of several major newspapers in East Africa. From 2005 until mid-2008, he was managing editor of The Monitor, Uganda’s leading independent newspaper.

Prior to his work at The Monitor, he spent a year in Tanzania, where he was the founding editor of The Citizen newspaper, owned by the Nation Media Group, the largest media group in East and Central Africa. Joachim began his career as a teacher and worked in several high schools in Uganda and Kenya.

Later, he joined the now-defunct Weekly Topic as a trainee reporter in Kampala. He did his post-graduate studies at the University of Nairobi’s School of Journalism in Kenya, and then returned to Kampala to become deputy editor of the Topic. After the paper folded, he joined The East African, the political-business weekly of the region, and later became its Kampala Bureau Chief. In July 1997, he became editor of The Sunday Vision and was responsible for innovations that built the publication into the country's highest selling newspaper.