Kenya News Agency – KNA
Kenya News Agency KNA – At independence, the role played by the information services during the struggle against colonialism in Kenya justified the creation of a domestic news agency to promote national unity, peace and development.
The Kenya News Agency (KNA) is a government-run national news agency created in 1963. Its headquarter is in Nairobi and it is run by the Department of Information, Ministry of Information Communication and Technology. News reports are created by KNA reporters in 72 county and sub-county offices and disseminated from the National Editorial Desk (Press Office) in Nairobi to subscribers made up of news media companies in Kenya and around the world. Their services also include Electronic/TV News Unit, Mobile Cinema and Photographic Services.
Kenya’s founding fathers invited advisers from Ghana and then Czechoslovakia to help start the Kenya News Agency – KNA.
Kenya News Agency was established on December 5, 1963 it has grown into the most vibrant news agency in the region. KNA has 24 bureaus and more than 100 provincial, district and sub-district information offices.
No news organisation in East Africa has this formidable grassroots representation. At the provincial level, KNA is headed by Provincial information Officers. The majority of staff are in the information officer cadre. KNA collects and transmits news and features to subscribers. KNA handles news and features of diverse topics, including political, social, economic and cultural stories.
The Kenya News Agency has in the past produced the following publications:
Habari [1921 Monthly]
Habari za Vita (News of the War) [Weekly]
Contact Kenya News Agency – KNA
Department of Information & Public Communications
Jogoo House A, 2nd floor.
P.O Box 8053-00300
Telephone: 020 – 2241997