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Citizen TV’s Waihiga Mwaura Promoted To Managerial Role

Citizen TV prime time news anchor Waihiga Mwaura has been promoted to the role of Managing Editor for Multimedia at the station.

He reflected the changes across his official social media handles, according to spot checks conducted on Saturday, January 8.

A managing editor administers the day-to-day operations of a publication, website or a TV station. This includes generating story ideas; planning, assigning and editing content; overseeing spending; commissioning stories and art; overseeing production schedules and editorial calendars, and supervising editorial staff and freelancers.

A managing editor may also write copy, and monitor and/or edit social media posts.

Citizen TV anchor Waihiga Mwaura. /INSTAGRAM

Waihiga had served as the Special Projects Editor at the station prior to his promotion following the exit of Asha Mwilu, who had previously held the role. Mwilu left to start her own media firm dubbed Debunk Media in 2020.

Waihiga joined Citizen TV as a sports news anchor in 2009 and has risen through the ranks to become one of the most popular news anchors on the silver screen.

He clinched the inaugural Mo Amin award for an investigative sports piece on doping in Kenya. The story was also recognized by the World Anti-Doping Agency in Kenya as they warned the government against being lax in the fight against doping.

He was awarded the CNN Multichoice sports award in 2012 for a creative piece on Maasai morans who took up cricket in the fight against Female Genital Mutilation & the spread of HIV/AIDS.

In 2017, he was elevated to the role of news anchor where he serves to date. In his capacity, he developed Citizen Extra, the daily 3-hour news & current affairs show ended up going from a station ‘filler’ to a must-watch program with all the latest updates both locally & internationally.

He hosted the Friday Night show as well as the Daybreak show and currently hosts News Night, a leading political talk show that sees him interview political figures shaping the country.

Waihiga became the first male winner of the 2018 BBC Komla Dumor Award, which would be won two years later by her female counterpart Victoria Rubadiri. On Tuesday, May 4, 2021, he won the Investigative Reporting Award at the Annual Journalism Excellence Awards (AJEA) 2021 following his feature on Maasai Mara University in Narok, dubbed the Mara Heist, which aired in 2019 and uncovered corruption on a grand scale at the university.

He becomes only the second promotion in a matter of weeks after his colleague, Yvonne Okwara, was promoted to the role of Business Editor, replacing Joseph Bonyo, who was promoted to the role of Managing Editor at the newly-launched Ramogi TV station.

Anchors Yvonne Okwara (left), Mashirima Kapombe (right) and Wangechi Muriuki (middle) pose for a selfie during the launch of Ramogi TV on Monday, November 29, 2021. /INSTAGRAM.JASE MWANGI

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