The David Astor Journalism Awards Trust

Tabu Butagira

Photograph of Tabu Butagira

Tabu is Managing Editor
for Content Generation overseeing all news operations at the Daily Monitor, Uganda's leading independent newspaper.

He was previously an Associate Editor in charge of business, features, supplements and magazines for the daily editions, and oversaw the paper's election coverage.

As a former Chief Reporter, his main beats were politics, security and diplomacy.  Breaking major stories was his stock in trade and some of his high-impact investigations led to significant governmental reforms.

Despite repeated efforts by the authorities to curb his critical reporting, he remained as passionate and determined as ever to continue performing his watchdog role as a journalist.

As the first David Astor Award winner from Uganda, he spent three months working at The Times in London in 2008.  After returning to Uganda, he continued to file occasional news stories for the paper.  The editor subsequently invited him back to attend three of its annual CEO summits on Africa.

He was twice invited to take part in sponsored visits to the United States under the International Visitor Leadership Program, and was among a group of young Africans who attended a town hall style meeting with President Obama at the White House in 2010. 

Largely a self-taught journalist, he started as an upcountry correspondent for the Daily Monitor in the West Nile region.  After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning from Makerere University in 2003, he was made a staff reporter three years later.  In 2007, he moved to Kampala and was promoted to senior reporter.

He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 2014 for a one-year programme in the United States to study digital and data journalism, political communication, and media leadership at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.

As part of the programme, he spent six weeks attached to the BBC's Washington DC bureau.

After returning from the US in 2015, he was appointed the Daily Monitor's training editor. 

He is currently on leave from the paper as a Chevening Scholar in London, pursuing a Master's degree in International Relations and Security at the University of Westminster.

He remains firmly committed to mentoring and supporting a new generation of first-rate Ugandan journalists.

Twitter:  @tbutagira