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
- 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).
- 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.”
- 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.
- 2006 : The Prix Bayeaux for War Correspondents for humanely reporting on the civil war in the Congo.
- 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.
- 2006: Finalist of the Diageo Awards for Business Reporting in Africa.
- 2007 : Finalist of the Diageo Awards for Business Reporting in Africa.
- 2007 : Vernon Jarrett Bronze Medal and ‘Famine in Malawi’.
- 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 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 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
It is rumored that Jeff Koinage earns a 7 digit Salary.