The David Astor Journalism Awards Trust

Murithi Mutiga

Photograph of Murithi Mutiga

Murithi was an independent journalist based in Nairobi, before joining the International Crisis Group
to report on the Kenyan elections in 2017.

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 wrote for The Guardian and The Observer in London, and 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.  He is currently Deputy Project Director for the Horn of Africa at the International Crisis Group.

Starting as a reporter for The People Daily in Nairobi in 2002, he went on to work for The Standard, Business Daily, and the Daily Metro.

He joined the Sunday Nation in 2009, mainly covering Kenyan politics and reporting 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