Timothy Otieno From KTN wins Journalist of the year award
Timothy Otieno from KTN emerged at the top as the best journalist and scooped journalist of the year award at the ninth Annual Journalism Excellence Awards (AJEA) in Nairobi on Tuesday evening.
During the annual event that was graced by Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu, a total of 41 journalists emerged winners in various categories.
Chief guest and Acting Lady Justice Philomena Mbete Mwilu celebrated journalists noble contribution in the society. She added that the media has an active role in tackling misinformation through verification and ensuring accuracy
“As we celebrate the work of journalists today we can’t ignore the difficulties they face in gathering and disseminating information.
“I join all Kenyans in celebrating journalists, especially those who will receive awards for we all know the risks you go through to acquire information, she said.
Of the 41 winners announced during the ninth Annual Journalism Excellence Awards (AJEA) in Nairobi on Tuesday 4th evening, eight came from Standard Media Group.
The Journalist of the Year Award in the Television section went to Timothy Otieno, along with the cameraperson who shot the video of his story Access Denied.
Among the big winners as well were from NTV.
Dennis Okari was issued the Health Reporting Award following the Red Alert feature he highlighted in 2019.
The red alert feature by Okari shed light on how some prominent supermarkets in Nairobi were using toxic chemicals to make meat on display look fresher.
Citizen TV’s Waihiga Mwaura won the investigative award for the Mara Heist feature.
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Other journalists who won awards include; Daniel Kaburu, Maurice Oniang’o, Ruth Keah, Mercy Tyra, Yahya Mohammed among others.
“I wish my grandmother lived to see this day! But I’ll honour her the only way I can, by sharing her name with you all. Agnetah Ateto Obora! She sacrificed a lot for me and didn’t live to see the fruits of her labour. HONOURED to be this year’s #AJEA2021 Journalist of the Year!” Timothy Otieno Stated.
Otieno revealed that this was the third time he was being nominated for the award and the first time he won it. The youthful reporter has been largely lauded for his eloquent and insightful reporting on livelihood and challenges faced by dwellers in informal settlements.
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