The David Astor Journalism Awards Trust

Murithi Mutiga

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Murithi is an independent journalist based in Nairobi, currently reporting for the International Crisis Group on the Horn of Africa.

Formerly a columnist and special projects reporter
for the Sunday Nation, Kenya’s largest circulation newspaper, and consulting editor for the Saturday Nation, he occasionally writes for The Guardian and The Observer in London, and has contributed opinion columns to the International New York Times.

He also previously served as East Africa Correspondent for the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists.

Since 2002, when he started as a reporter for The People Daily in Nairobi, he has worked at The Standard, Business Daily, and the now defunct Daily Metro.

He joined the Sunday Nation in 2009.  He mainly covered Kenyan politics, and reported as well on the situation in Somalia and newly independent South Sudan.

As the first David Astor Award winner from Kenya in 2008, he spent three months in London attached to the Financial Times, The Guardian, The Observer and The Independent.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Communication from the University of Nairobi, and an MSc in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics, where he was a Chevening Scholar in 2013-14.

A keen football fan, he once hoped to play at the highest levels but now has to be content with watching the game in his spare time.

Twitter:  @mutigam