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Jeff Koinange is a Kenyan journalist and chief reporter at TV Station K24 and previously serving as the Africa correspondent for CNN and CNN International from 2001 to 2007.



Koinange was born in Kenya and worked with Kenya's first independent television channel KTN Kenya Television Network. He attended Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, NY between 1987–1989 and graduated with an Associate's degree. He also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism from New York University. Prior to joining CNN, Koinange worked for Reuters Television from 1995 to 2001, covering Africa and serving as their chief producer from 1999 to 2001. He also worked as a producer at NBC News in 1994 and also worked for ABC News earlier in his career from 1991 to 1992. Seven months after leaving CNN, Jeff was hired as a News anchor by a new Kenyan TV station, K24, which started doing test runs in Nairobi in December 2007.He is the host of Capital Talk Show a replica of the CNN Larry King Live

CNN career

Included among the more significant stories Koinange has covered for CNN in Africa were the crisis in Darfur, the civil wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone and the famine in Niger, for which Koinange won an Emmy award.

Most recently, in early 2007, Koinange was reprimanded by the government of Nigeria for his coverage[1] of the Movement for the Emanicipation of the Niger Delta (MEND). In his report, Koinange accompanied masked MEND guerillas to a camp where they were holding a number of Filipino hostages. The Nigerian government said that the report was "staged", a charge CNN denies.[2]

Koinange has also covered news outside of Africa, including extensive reporting on the aftermath of the Hurricane Katrina crisis as well as the Iraq War.[3]

On May 29, 2007, CNN announced that Koinange was no longer employed by the network. He had apparently been caught up with some sex scandal that CNN did not want to become associated with.[4]


  1. ^ Koinange, Jeff (February 10, 2002). Koinange: Big guns, big oil collide in Nigeria. CNN
  2. ^ Staff report (June 1, 2007). CNN accused of ‘staging’ report on kidnapped Pinoys in Nigeria. ABS-CBN
  3. ^ Staff report (Spring 2006). Kingsborough Spawned Intrepid CNN Correspondent, Jeff Koinange CUNY Matters.
  4. ^ Jeff Koinange No Longer Employed By CNN. TVNewser via mediabistro

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