Jeff Koinange Biography

Jeff Koinange was born on 7 January 1966. He  is a journalist, broadcaster and television news anchor. Jeff is also a great negotiator, a skilled motivator, excellent showman and gifted presenter.He makes interviewing look effortless but the subject is always treated with integrity and credibility. He is  is currently host of the popular and controversial Talk Show, Jeff Koinange LIVE #JKL broadcast on Kenya’s Television Network, KTN.

Jeff Koinange is the first African journalist to be prominently featured on an international network television. At CNN, Jeff cemented his reputation as one of the most accomplished journalists of our time. Perseverance is the hallmark of Jeff Koinange’s career, impartiality and level-headedness is what makes the audience truly… Sit back! …through many memorable interviews to his jaunty refrain, All Kenyan! All the Time!

Jeff Koinange is also a keen and energetic Master of Ceremonies and has hosted numerous Bilateral and Multilateral events for the African Development Bank (AfDB), the World Health Organization (WHO), The Economic Commission of Africa (ECA), the East African Community (EAC), the African Union (AU) and various United Nations (UN) Organization agencies.

Jeff Koinange consummate skills have been recognized internationally with numerous awards. Less known is that Jeff is the first African in history to win an Emmy/ and notably the first African to win a Peabody, and finally the first African National to be awarded a Vernon Jarrett, and the Prix Bayeux.

Jeff Koinange Education Background

1989- 1991: Undergraduate student at New York University, Phi Theta Kappa, BA, Broadcast Journalism

1987- 1989: Student at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, NY, Associates of Applied Science with HONORS, Broadcast Technology and Management

Jeff Koinange Work Experience

September 2013- Present: Talk Show Host/ E.A Bureau Chief at Kenya Television Network/Arise News

January 2013- August 2013: Chief Anchor/ Correspondent, Africa  at ARISE Television ,Johannesburg Area, South Africa

  • Chief Anchor, Africa for Arise Television Ltd based in Johannesburg and responsible for covering the entire continent. Arise Television is the continent’s first Africa-owned, Africa-run News Channel focusing on Africa, African Americans and the African Diaspora.

November 2007- December 2012: Chief Anchor, Talk show host, K24, Mediamax Network Limited

  • Five years on-air, the station K24 was awarded various honors including a CNN/Multichoice African Journalist of the Year, two prestigious awards from the Martin Luther King Foundation- one for the station and one for the talk show, Capital Talk, a show hosted by Jeff was voted the ‘Best Talk Show’ and Jeff the ‘Best Talk Show Host’ in the country in 2010, 2011 at the Kalasha Film and Television Awards.

July 2001- May 2007: Africa Correspondent at CNN

  • CNN’s Senior Africa Correspondent for six years, responsible for reporting from across the African continent. Since joining CNN in 2001, he covered a wide range of African issues and events with a dedication and professional impartiality while using his experience to report on topics sympathetically.

September 1995- April 2001: Chief Producer covering Africa at Reuters Television, Ltd

  • He was covering the majority of the African continent from bases in Nairobi, Abidjan and Johannesburg.

1994: Producer at NBC

1991- 1992: Worked for ABC News

Jeff Koinange – Exclusives

Jeff’s reportage has impacted major events from all across the African continent and led to global action. His reflection of life on the continent to CNN’s global audience is unprecedented. Although Jeff was CNN’s Africa correspondent, his journalistic reach was as influential beyond continent.

  • In 2005, he was part of CNN’s Peabody Award winning team that covered the devastation wreaked on New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina.
  • At the height of a violent civil war that led to the overthrow of Charles Taylor in Liberia- he secured an exclusive interview with the outgoing President.
  • The inauguration of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in Liberia as Africa’s first female-elected president.
  • The arrest and deportation of Charles Taylor.
  • The State of Sudan and the crisis in Darfur with Anderson Cooper
  • Uganda on the refugees of Sudan’s Lords Resistance Army.
  • Nigeria extensively, its politics, its economy and its people and traveled extensively to numerous locations.
  • Malian drought etc.
  • Bukavu and the victims of rape.
  • Mozambican floods-baby Rosita born in a tree.
  • Niger delta and the Filipino hostages
  • Nigerian Tycoon’s and Presidents.
  • Hurricane Katrina.
  • Reports from Baghdad on the post-war insurgency, reconstruction and the historic elections in Iraq in 2005.

Jeff Koinange Significant Events

  • USA President, George W Bush’s Africa tour, the first by a sitting US Republican President;
  • The ten-year anniversary of the Genocide that killed up to a million people in a hundred days of savage slaughter in Rwanda;
  • Africa’s preparation and anticipation of the FIFA World Cup’s debut on the African continent in 2010;
  • Elections and politics in Zimbabwe, Congo, Sierra Leone and Somalia;
  • Troop deployments to counter the War on Terror in Djibouti on the Horn of Africa;
  • The attempted coup and evacuation of French and American civilians in the Ivory Coast as well as the ensuing peace talks;
  • The World Summit on Sustainable Development in South Africa.

Jeff Koinange Awards

  1. 2005 : Television Emmy for coverage of the devastating famine in the West African nation of Niger. The Primetime Emmy Award is a symbol of peer recognition from over 16,000 Television Academy members. An Emmy Award recognizes excellence in the television industry. Academy Award (for film),Tony Award (for theatre),Grammy Award (for music).
  2. 2006 : George Foster PEABODY Award for his coverage of the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina. The George Foster Peabody Award (Peabody Award) recognizes distinguished and meritorious public service by radio and television stations, networks, producing organizations and individuals. The Peabody Awards judging process is unusually rigorous. Judges seek “Excellence On Its Own Terms.”
  3. 2006 : Vernon Jarrett Bronze Medal for ‘Best Feature’ on ‘Mass Rapes in the Congo’. The Vernon Jarrett Institute awards the medal, for journalistic excellence, annually to exceptional journalists. It honor’s outstanding coverage of people of African descent and the issues that impact their lives.
  4. 2006 : The Prix Bayeaux for War Correspondents for humanely reporting on the civil war in the Congo.
  5. Since 1994:  the city of Bayeux, associated with Calvados General Council organizes this award to pay tribute to journalists who are working in hazardous conditions to allow access to free information.
  6. 2006:  Finalist of the Diageo Awards for Business Reporting in Africa.
  7. 2007 : Finalist of the Diageo Awards for Business Reporting in Africa.
  8. 2007 : Vernon Jarrett Bronze Medal and ‘Famine in Malawi’.
  9. 2008:  The Moran of the Order of The Burning Spear (MBS).The MBS Award is the highest honor accorded a Kenyan civilian by the President of Kenya for contribution to journalism in Kenya, Africa and internationally.

Jeff Koinange Book – Through My African Eyes

“Through My African Eyes!” is a concise narrative covering some of the major players in 20th century African politics. The book is rich with insights into the personal and intellectual underpinnings of many historical events in Africa.

Chronicles of some pretty interesting Africans from warlords, soldiers, victims and politicians lend insight into Jeff’s celebrated journalistic style.

Through his eyes we are made to understand the role of journalist’s as binders of our social fabric.

“Through My African Eyes” is very informative and quite humorous, utilizing a modern quick precise narrative style. He is able to describe complex global geopolitical issues with incisive analysis. The book surf’s one through the experience with speed and historical accuracy.

We see the visual the words impart, rather than being stuck in prose.The best part is being able to walk the journey informed by a largely Kenyan perspective. Jeff outlines clearly how biased reportage can splinter any society and promote its disintegration by pandering to people’s lowest instincts.

The narrative draws out lesser-known aspects of his life. Jeff’s unblinking examination of his grandfather’s life is historically illuminating and serves as a symbolic bridge between the beginning and the end of colonialism.

Jeff Koinange is the first African ever to win a Television Emmy and a George Foster Peabody. He merited the Vernon Jarrett Award as well as the prestigious! ‘Prix Bayeux’ for reportage that arrested global crises.

Published by Footprints Press, Kenya, 2014

Jeff Koinange Family

Jeff Koinange father was Federick Mbiyu Koinange. He was one of the sons of eminent Giyuku tribe’s Senior Chief Koinange wa Mbiyu. Jeff’s grandfather had six wives. On the other hand, Jeff’s Mother was Hilda Ngoima, the first child to Mwaura wa-Ngoima from Githiga village in Githunguri. Jeff’s maternal ancestors were renowned farmers of Githunguri. Jeff’s father died 2 months after his birth. Hilda Ngoima Koinange single-handedly raised Jeff and his three siblings Hilda Wanjiru, Phyllis Wangui and Freddie Koinange. Jeff’s mother was a strict disciplinarian as well as a headmistress in Kiambaa village near Banana Hill, Kiambu. Apart from this, Jeff is nephew to Peter Mbiyu Koinange, who was the first Kenyan to obtain a Master’s Degree.

Jeff Koinange Wife and Son

Jeff Koinange is married to Shaila Koinange, a Kenyan of Asian origin. He prefers to keep his private life away from the public and very little is known about his wife. They have a young son, Jamal Mbiyu Koinange, who was born late in their marriage.

Jeff Koinange Family Wife and Son
Jeff Koinange Family Wife and Son

Jeff Koinange Father – Fredrick Mbiyu Koinange

Jeff Koinange father was Fredrick Mbiyu Koinange, son of Chief Mbiyu Koinange and ran a string of businesses including a popular petrol station Koinange Petrol Station in Kariokor

Jeff Koinange Age

Jeff Koinange was born on January 7th 1966

Jeff Koinange Scandal

Niger Delta Scandal

In 2007, while he was working at CNN, Jeff Koinange reported on the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND). During the report, he was in the presence of MEND guerrillas who had captured some Filipinos. This report raised a lot of controversy and there was outcry especially from the Nigerian government, which claimed that it was staged. CNN and Jeff Koinange denied the claim that they staged the report.

” In hindsight, it was the biggest scoop of my career and the scariest as well. The response was overwhelming, both positive and negative.

The Nigerian government accused us of staging the whole thing because they were caught off guard. They claimed we even staged the 24 Filipinos who we found captured and detained there.

I went to Niger after getting approval from CNN’s head office, and even after we camped in Abuja for 5 days waiting for an official comment from Nigeria government. Nothing. I was let go for showing the footage.

Why wouldn’t CNN back you up with the kind of background they had?

Look, there are a lot financial gains from dealing with Nigeria. Besides, I wasn’t the only one who was let go at that time for very frivolous reasons while defending their principles. Google Mike O’brien, Peter Dykstra, David Shuster, Jonathan Kline and Amber Lyon.

Jeff Koinange Sex Scandal

2007 was a controversial year for Jeff Koinange. Shortly after the Niger Delta report, Marianne Briner, a Swiss national claimed that she had an affair with him

Yes. It was too coincidental, coming on the heels of the Niger Delta story. This woman contacted me stating that she wanted to write a book and expose some ‘big’ politicians and she wanted me to introduce her to folks like Oprah Winfrey. I couldn’t because I didn’t have the contacts.

She then vamped on the Niger saga and attempted to spin the situation to gain notoriety. Lucky for me, my wife had the back-up phone logs. The whole incident was unfortunate and caused me unnecessary grief.

Jeff Koinange Salary

Jeff Koinange is one of the highest paid radio as well as TV host in Kenya. It is reported that he pockets a six figure salary at the end of the month. According to some of the reports, Jeff Koinange revealed his net worth when asked by some of his fans was about KSh 50 million.

His father Frederick Koinange was the first Kenyan to own a petrol station and a car dealership in 1948. Jeff Koinange owns a Mercedes Benz G-Class that has a factory invoice of over KSh 10million before tax.

Jeff Koinange Family Background and History

His grandfather Koinange wa Mbiyu, the founder of the family. Illiterate himself but very smooth-talking and active did a lot so that Kenya could gain independence from Great Britain. He actively supported the Mau Mau Revolt and then was given a post of the headman by British authorities.

In 1938 he became the Senior Chief of Kiambu District. He lived a long and bright life. Koinange wa Mbiyu had six wives and 36 children.

Jeff Koinange and family history continues with the name of Peter Mbiyu Koinange Jeff’s uncle.

Mbiyu Koinange continued his father’s work and did everything he could for the independence of Kenya.

He was the first Kenyan ever to get higher education. For this purpose he went to USA state Verginia and entered Hampton Institute. Then he continued his studies in Ohio where he got a Bachelor Degree. After a year there he went to study in Columbia University and Cambridge. This was followed by the University of London. And only after that he returned home as an educated man his father and family could be proud of.

Mbiyu Koinange served his country as a politician and a member of the Cabinet of the first President of the independent Kenya – Jomo Kenyatta. And his younger brother chose a political career as well. For more than three decades he was a colonial chief and then a civil servant.

Jeff Koinange Father

As it was mentioned above the founder of the Koinanges family had six wives and his third wife gave birth to his son Fredrick Mbiyu Koinange the man later would be Jeff’s father. Fredric was a businessman in Nairobi, he owned the first Kenyan petrol station.

He fell in love with the daughter of a prosperous farmer and made a proposal. The couple got the family blessing but Fredric didn’t have the opportunity to actually marry his fiancée. The emergency state was announced on the territory of Kenya and the man was arrested and imprisoned.

After some time his fiancée got tired of waiting him and she eloped with another man. So, her elder sister Hilda, the first child in the family started to send letters to Fredric. At that time she was a teacher. It’s said that he was confused by the fact at the beginning. But that letters supported him and through them the couple fell in love.

Hilda started visiting him in the Manyani. Hilda got pregnant and their son Jeff was born. But Fredric didn’t get a chance to see him growing into famous journalist. He died two month after the day his son appeared into the world. So Hilda raised Jeff and three other children alone.

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Jeff Koinange News

How President Uhuru bullied TV host Jeff Koinange in school

Updated: 01.05.2017

In 2012, Uhuru Kenyatta revealed that he was bullied in school despite being the president’s son.

Recently, TV host Jeff Koinange revealed that the president bullied him when they were kids.

In an interview with Kiss 100 presenter Jeff Mote, Jeff said Uhuru bullied him at St Mary’s School.

Jeff recalled how Kenyatta hit him on the head during a game they referred to as ngoto.

“Boss, Uhunye alinihanda ndani ya minibus ya shule bwana (Uhuru used to bully me in the school minibus). Can you imagine that he is now the President,” he revealed.

The two attended the prestigious school, though Kenyatta was a few classes ahead of Jeff at the time.

Comedian Felix Odiwuor Jalang’o Finally Unveils His New Alliance With Jeff Koinange at Hot 96

Updated: 24.04.2017

Comedian Felix Odiwuor, popularly known as Jalang’o, is set to make his debut on Hot 96 in the first week of May.

According to reports, the funny man will be hosting the daily breakfast show, dubbed ‘Hot 96 Breakfast’, alongside popular media personality Jeff Koinange.

Royal Media Services, the parent company for Hot 96, has been running promos of the show on social media and by the look of things, it’s going to be one of a kind.

Jalang’o, who was recently named as Kenya’s most popular radio personality in a survey carried out by Consumer Insight, is expected to maintain his comical approach when tackling listener’s problems, while Koinange will have a somewhat sober perspective.

It is hoped that the two, who have both gained a loyal following over the years, will attract more listeners and bring a fresh breath of air to the station. They are also expected to capture the urban youth, who have been avoiding the station for one reason or another, by discussing topics relevant to them.

Before his move to Hot 96, some media outlets reported that Jalang’o had signed a deal to work with the campaign teams of Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho and that of Kisumu Senator Anyang’ Nyong’o.

The comic further fuelled the rumour after putting up a post on his social media pages that seemed to imply he was joining the murky political arena immediately after he resigned from Radio Maisha. But as it turns out, nothing could be further from the truth.