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Joe Ageyo Biography, Age, Education, Career, Family and Awards

By Prudence Minayo

Joe Ageyo is a Kenyan media personality who has been in the industry for close to twenty years. He is known for his exemplary interviewing skills. Ageyo has interviewed the likes of president William Ruto, former prime minister and ODM party leader Raila Odinga among many others. 

The journalist has also won a number of awards and he is acclaimed as one of the pioneer environmental journalists in the country. 

Age

The experienced journalist was born in April 1973 in Bondo, Siaya county. 

Education

He attended Sawagongo High School before proceeding to Egerton University where he graduated with a Bachelor in Agribusiness before joining  the University of Nairobi for a Post Graduate Diploma in Mass Communication.

He later enrolled at The University of Geneva in Switzerland to pursue a certificate in Advanced Studies in Environmental Diplomacy before joining Manchester University for an MSc in Environmental Governance.  

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Career

He is a pioneer in Environmental journalism in the country. He was the first Kenyan TV journalist to start a regular slot for an environmental feature called Eco-journal. 

Ageyo ventured into the media industry by interning  at the State owned Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) where he worked for about one and a half years without pay.

In 2000, he joined Kenya Television Network (KTN) where he focused on environmental stories and was also the managing editor at the TV station. 

In 2005, he joined the Nation Media Group until 2012. He held a number of positions including being the head of News production. 

In 2013, he went back to KTN.

On 25th February 2013, he acted as the moderator during the presidential debate which was held at Brook House School. He also moderated the 2017 presidential debate held at Catholic University of East Africa. 

The journalist has also covered a number of international meetings, such as, the 11th and 12th session of the United Nations commission of sustainable development and the 2007 CITIES conference of parties meeting and 3rd World Water Forum. 

Joe Ageyo then left KTN for the biggest media house, Royal Media Services where he got an editorial position. He replaced Peter Opondo who had left the station a few weeks earlier. 

The editorial director has also interviewed the  DP twice this year, once in September and another on 3rd December 2020 in his Karen residence. Both these interviews elicited varying reactions on social media. He recently took to social media to share his views on those casting him:

I’m fascinated by the sheer number of questions I ‘should’ have asked the DP. I’m also grateful for all the tips on how to do a great interview. Thanks everyone for the feedback. 

Apart from being the editorial director AT Citizen TV, he is a fellow at Climate Change Media Partnership (CCMP), a member of International Federation of Environmental Journalism (IFEJ) and a contributor to plant’s voice which is an international based publication on sustainable development. 

Joining NTV

Joe Ageyo quit Citizen TV in 2022 and shortly after joined NTV as editorial director. According to Nation Media Group (NMG) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Stephen Gitagama, the seasoned journalist is in charge of the editorial functions of NMG’s broadcast operations in Kenya across multimedia platforms.

Marriage

The journalist is married and has children.

Awards 

  • He won the Environmental Journalist of the Year Award staged by National Media Trust in 2001.
  • In 2002, he won a World Bank Fellowship and attended the world summit on sustainable development in Johannesburg, South Africa.