WanaData-KEWomen Journalists telling stories with data
Stellar Murumba is Code for Kenya’s project manager for WanaData-KE and a number of other local data and investigative journalism initiatives. She is an award-winning investigative health journalist who most recently wrote for the Business Daily at the Nation Media Group in Nairobi. Stellar won an impactAFRICA fellowship in 2017 to pioneer ‘test-tube journalism’ in the region by working with medical laboratories to tackle counterfeit and fake medicines. The project prompted the recall of a major malaria medicine. Other recent work includes unearthing a multi-billion Shilling scam at the Kenya Ministry of Health, exposing how funds meant for free maternity and HIV programmes were diverted in a major procurement scandal. Stellar isn’t however just a muckraker: she is also keen on solutions journalism, using data and on-the-ground reportage to help spotlight innovative solutions to societal challenges. Stellar trained at the University of Nairobi’s School of Journalism, and later honed her financial reporting skills as a Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa Fellow. She is also a Transparency International – Action4Transparency – grantee 2018 for another ‘test-tube journalism’ project on ascertaining the safety of bottled water in Nairobi.
Lynet Igadwah is a reporter with the Business Daily based in Nairobi, mainly covering Parliament. She also writes news and feature articles on health, lifestyle and business.
Nancy Agutu has worked as a senior digital reporter at the Star newspaper since 2014. She won the Best Digital Reporter award in 2015 for championing digital storytelling within the newsroom at Radio Africa Group.
Kajuju Murori is a Kenyan journalist currently in Cyprus. She specializes in writing stories that inspire change. She writes on start-ups, technology, entrepreneurship, art, fintech, and women, among others.
Elizabeth Merab is an award-winning health and science reporter at the Daily Nation newspaper in Nairobi, with experience spanning over four years’ in development, science and health journalism. She is experienced in data and digital journalism and enthusiastic about telling stories that positively impact Kenyan lives.
Jamii Forum’s new Data Editor designate, tasked with setting up a digital first newsroom for Tanzania’s largest online audience for news and actuality content. Makoye boasts 10 years experience as a journalist, and has written for publications including the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle, Thomson Reuters Foundation and the Norwegian newspaper Bistandsaktuelt.
Diana Kendi Makale is an award-winning freelance journalist with 6 years of professional experience. She is currently an advocate for women and girls’ rights.
Esther Wandia is a data journalist and web editor at The Star Newspaper. She is passionate about data mining and journalism.
Angela Oketch is an award-winning health, gender and art and culture reporter at the Daily Nation newspaper based in Kisumu with four years of professional experience. She also does feature articles on lifestyle.
Christine Sayo is a youth and women rights activist. She is currently the Country Leader for ‘Let’s Do It Kenya’ movement that seeks to use technology for data-driven waste management across the country.