Catherine Gicheru, Kenya, is an award winning journalist and has previously worked at The Nation where she distinguished herself writing dispassionate, critical stories of the government of President Daniel Arap Moi.
In 1992, her tough independent reporting was honored with a Courage in Journalism Award from the International Women’s Media Foundation, which cited her exposé on the involvement of senior government officials in the embezzlement of funds from the country’s national pension fund.
Gicheru also investigated the involvement of Kenyan government officials in the assassination of a local political figure.
She was a Nieman fellow at Harvard University in 1989 and is the co-author of the book S.M.Otieno: Kenya’s Unique burial saga. She was the founding editor of the Star newspaper which is the third leading newspaper in Kenya.
Currently, Gicheru is the ICFJ Knight International Journalism Fellow and country lead of Code for Kenya (CfKenya), a data journalism and civic technology initiative that aims to enhance collaborations between data journalists and technologists based at news partner organizations and CitizenLabs in Kenya.