It is a known fact that male journalists have dominated the sports genre as opposed to their female counterparts. This can be attributable to the competitive nature of men. This gender throngs social joints to cheer their favorite team or to engage in sporting activities.
However, Kenyan women are slowly joining the bandwagon, with some building impressive sports careers. Lately, sports queens such as Angela Okutoyi (tennis) and Maxine Wahome (safari rally) have flown the Kenyan flag high. The same is happening in the media industry with renowned female personalities covering the world of sports through the camera lens. This article will feature the best female sports journalists in Kenya.
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Radull is known for her perfect pronunciation and overall mastery of English. She hails from Bondo in Siaya County but was born and raised in Botswana until when she was 13 years old when her family relocated to Kenya.
Radull worked for Radio Africa Group for 21 years until last year when she hung her boots. She covered news both within and without Kenyan borders and even rubbed shoulders with iconic footballers Thierry Henry and Ronaldinho. At one time, former Arsenal star Theo Walcott took on social media to wish her a happy birthday.
Additionally, Radull left an indelible mark especially through her #jazastadi campaign which implored local fans to take to the stadium in a bid to support the growth of cash-starved Kenya Premier League sides.
Currently, Radull runs her own platform called Radull Live through which she interviews various sports personalities.
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Idah Waringa is an award winning sports journalist who began her career at Radio Africa Group before moving to NTV. Growing up, she was always thrilled by sports and enjoyed swimming.
She studied at Kianda School then proceeded to United States International University (USIU). In 2020, Waringa’s exposé alongside fellow journalist Jeff Kinyanjui dubbed ‘The Football Con’ lifted the lid on match-fixing rot in Kenya and earned the duo international recognition. She also did a short documentary on slum football in Korogocho which won her the Excellence Awards for Young African Journalists in Sports in 2019.
Mukami Wambora works for Citizen TV and is the daughter to Embu Governor Martin Wambora. The glamorous TV siren once worked as a legal assistant for Cooperative Bank during weekdays then did football analysis at Capital FM on weekends. However, in 2016, she decided to dump the legal profession in order to fully work as a journalist.
She once worked for Bamba Sports before joining Citizen TV in 2017. The journalist has widely sojourned the world and covered the 2018 FIFA World Cup that was held in Russia.
Caren Kibett is a renowned sports anchor and reporter who polished her skills while still at Sing’ore Girls High School. She then joined Nairobi University to pursue her passion.
The self-proclaimed Marakwet Express made her debut in K24 TV in 2019 but her stay was short-lived following a massive retrenchment in 2020. She stayed away from the limelight for more than one year before she got hired by the national broadcaster, KBC in August 2021.
Shon Osimbo is also a sports journalist who studied Publishing, Communication and Media Studies at Moi University. She previously worked for CGTN before moving to Mediamax’s K 24 TV from 2015 to 2020.
Osimbo has interviewed iconic sports personalities such as Mark Clattenburg (referee), Sol Campbell, Thierry Henry and the poetic commentator Peter Drury. Currently, she works as a digital marketing executive for Mafro Sports Management.