Larry Madowo is the BBC Africa Business Editor and a Contributing Columnist to the Washington Post. He was previously Online and Technology Editor as well as a News Anchor at NTV Kenya. He is a broadcast journalist, writer, blogger, and technology evangelist. He has spoken to some of the world’s biggest newsmakers, from presidents and politicians to celebrities, ordinary folks and everything in between. He also wrote a column in the Daily Nation’s DN2 pullout called #FrontRow and fronted the The Larry Madowo Show on Nation FM.
He started his television career at KTN as a Trainee Reporter. While at the station, he launched and anchored Kenya’s first daytime business programme KTN Financial Markets Live as well as KTN Business Today. He regularly anchored breaking news and reported live from major stories on numerous occasions. His last major assignment at KTN was anchoring the station’s coverage of the 2010 referendum from the IIEC’s Bomas of Kenya national tallying centre.
He also pioneered the use of social media on Kenyan television and sparked a digital revolution among some of Africa’s most prominent media houses. He joined NTV Kenya in October 2010 as a Business Anchor and Reporter, launching the critically acclaimed PM Live and hosting the weekly magazine show Money Matters.
Afterwards, Larry became the first ever non-South African anchor to be based at CNBC Africa’s Johannesburg headquarters where he hosted live market shows Open Exchange, Power Lunch and Closing Bell. Larry also produced and presented the weekly show Eye on Kenya and hosted several CNBC Africa events and awards ceremonies. Larry has travelled to and reported from nearly 40 countries in 5 continents on such wide-ranging stories from manufacturing in China, Silicon Valley’s technology credentials in the US and tourism in Ghana.
Larry returned to NTV Kenya after CNBC in a role that made him one of the most influential names in African media. Besides his work on television, print and radio, Larry speaks at and moderates high profile events around the world. His work has appeared on CNN, Al Jazeera English, BBC World Service, Public Radio International, RTE Ireland, ABC News Australia, The Guardian and countless other global outlets. He writes a blog at larrymadowo.co.ke and tweets semi-reluctantly @LarryMadowo, where he has over 1.5 million followers.