Catherine Gicheru

Catherine Gicheru is an International Center for Journalists Fellow and country lead for Code for Kenya, a data journalism, civic technology initiative which is part of a pan-African federation, Code for Africa. Gicheru is a veteran journalist with two of the leading media organizations in the region. She was the first woman bureau chief and the first female news editor of the Nation Media Group in the region. She is also the founding editor of the daily newspaper, the Star.

Gicheru’s investigative work ranges from exposes about extrajudicial killings and illegal arms rackets to corruption and the collapse of the banking sector in the 1990s. She has led and mentored teams whose investigative work covers terrorism, human trafficking, and criminal gangs. She has served as a trainer on civil-military relations and crisis communication with the African Centre for Strategic Studies and consulted for the Media Council of Kenya, the Kenya Editors Guild, and other media and civil society organizations in the region. She is also actively involved in the Kenya open data movement.

Gicheru is a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, a Reuters Institute Journalism fellow at Oxford University, and a 1992 IWMF Courage in Journalism award winner.