Knight International Journalism Fellow Joseph Warungu led the launch of an Africa-wide storytelling contest to encourage better coverage of Africa’s growth, development, health and quality of life. Just before he accepted his Knight Fellowship, Joseph Warungu was the head of the BBC’s African News and Current Affairs department. There, he was responsible for the daily flagship news programs "Focus on Africa" and "Network Africa," and oversaw a team of over 60 reporters across Africa as well as production staff in London. He was also Editor-in-Chief of the quarterly BBC Focus on Africa magazine. He worked for BBC radio and TV for nearly twenty years.
Warungu is widely traveled in Africa and has delivered journalism training for many years in different countries including Nigeria, Somalia, Tanzania, Ghana, Kenya and the UK. He has also chaired a number of high profile public debates on governance and development including a national Swahili TV debate on democracy in Tanzania, featuring the leaders of all major political parties.
Warungu is passionate about development and has written and produced several stage plays on social and development issues in Kenya. Warungu was born and raised in Kenya where he trained as a teacher before joining Kenya Broadcasting Corporation and later the commercial KTN TV station as a reporter and news anchor. He has a master’s degree in media management from Leeds University.