Work Experience and Speciality

I am an Editor with over 30 years’ experience. I am a Mentor, Media/Journalism trainer and Communication Consultant. I specialise in research, writing, editing, and rapporteur work and workshop facilitation. I edit books, magazines and reports for various NGO’s, Civil Society Organisations and companies. I am listed as a consultant for TradeMark East Africa, UNDP, the World Bank Group and the Media Council of Kenya among other organisations. I have previously lectured and taught journalism at various universities among them: United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) and Kenya Methodist University.

I am also a Karate instructor, President of the World Authority Traditional-Karate Do Association (WATKA), and former President of the Kenya Karate Federation (KKF). I hold a 4th Degree Black Belt in Shotokan Karate. I practice Aikido.  

Recent Assignments

  1. October 2017 to February 2018; researching, documenting, writing and editing success stories for the Women Educational Researchers of Kenya (WERK)/UNICEF Out of School Programme in Nairobi’s informal settlements.

  2. February 2018 to June 2018; Researched and conducted a Stakeholder Analysis for the World Bank’s Communication and Partnership Unit in Kenya.

  3. September 2018: I trained 40 Judiciary of Kenya Staff, among them magistrates and senior legal officers in News Writing and Feature Writing at the Naivasha Simba Lodge.  The writing workshop was commissioned by the International Development Law Organisation (IDLO).

  4. February 2018; researched, wrote, edited and designed a brochure for the World Bank Group in Kenya.

  5. September-October 2017; Translated various World Bank brochures from English to Kiswahili.

  6. December 2017 and January 2018: I edited two reports on Uganda’s Tax system and excise duty for the World Bank.

  7. April- May 2016; Edited European Union’s Blue Book for Apex Media

  8. July-August 2016; researched, wrote, developed and edited content for TradeMark East Africa’s Gender and Trade Compendium Volume 2/2016/2017; Quest for inclusive and sustainable growth.

  9. November-December 2015; Edited two Ministry of Devolution reports for the World Bank

  10. Between April and December 2015; I edited the Turkana Guardian, a magazine that documents the life and times of the people of Turkana County.

  11. December 2015; researched and prepared media synopsis and editorial content on various topics for the World Trade Oganisation (WTOs), 10th Ministerial Conference held in Nairobi. The assignment commissioned by TradeMark East Africa helped prepare the local and international media in the coverage of the conference that was being held in Africa for the first time.

  12. June/July 2015; Provided editorial and Content consultancy for TradeMark East Africa.

  13. November 10 2014 to January 16 2015: Training Standard Media Group journalists for the new Scribes Programme. I trained eleven reporters in News Writing and Storytelling. I taught them investigative journalism and development journalism. I also shared with them editing skills. They were the premier group of the Scribes Incorporated; the Standard Group’s Media Lab whose objective is to transform journalism at the Standard.

  14. September 28 to October 2 2014, I trained journalists and editors from the mainstream media on investigative journalism. The workshop organised by the Kenya Media Programme (KMP) took place at Kongoni Lodge in Naivasha.

  15. September 23 and 24 2014, I participated in the development of the five year strategic plan for the Kenya Media Programme of Hivos, a Dutch organisation. This included workshop facilitation and rapporteur work.

  16. July 16 to 18 2014, I conducted a workshop on Developmental Journalism for ten correspondents from various counties. The workshop sponsored by Africaonair and the European Union of Journalists focused on editing, feature writing and storytelling.

  17. June 2014, I conducted a five day training workshop for the United Nations Staff at the Regional Training and Conference Centre in Entebbe Uganda. The workshop for 12 UN Communication staff from Darfur Sudan, focused on Community Outreach Campaign; Events Management; Public Relations; Research and Report Writing and Ethics.

  18. April 2014- May 2019; for the fourth consecutive year, I participated as a judge for the Media Council of Kenya. Our duty was to select from hundreds of entries; the best journalists to be honoured during the Annual Journalism Excellence Awards.  

  19. April 2014, I conducted a one week training of trainer’s workshop on Investigative Journalism and Reporting Corruption in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. The workshop, organised by the East African Journalism Association (EAJA) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), assembled 25 journalists and editors from 12 African countries. I developed a training manual for investigative journalism trainers in Africa, for IFJ.  

  20. January 2014 to date; consulting for the World Bank. Working as a Rapporteur during the banks Consultative meetings to discuss its four year strategy for Kenya with County Governors and working with the Private Public Partnerships Unit (PPPs) at the Treasury to help it develop a Communication Strategy.  The assignment included facilitation of meetings with governors and members of the county assembly in all the 47 counties in Kenya.

  21. In January 2013, I successfully concluded a 40-day monitoring and evaluation assignment for UNDP Kenya. I evaluated the performance of the four year old Communication for Development Project which brought together the Media Council of Kenya, University of Nairobi’s School of Journalism, Ministry of Information, and UNESCO.  

  22. Between August 1st 2011 and September 30th 2013, I trained and mentored over 300 journalists and 40 editors from the mainstream media on; conflict sensitive journalism; campaign coverage; understanding election laws; managing the Newsroom; and understanding devolution. I also held six Editorial Leadership Conferences for editors and talk show hosts. I did this in my capacity as the Manager in charge of the Free and Fair Media Programme at Internews in Kenya.

  23. Under the Hivos, Kenya Media Programme, mentor journalists in developing investigative journalism skills and publishing stories that would positively impact society. I have conducted this mentorship programme for two years.

  24. In February 2014, I attended a three day workshop on: Cross-Examination for Investigative Reporters which was organised by the Kenya Media Programme.

  25. In 2012 I helped research, write, develop and edit the Media Council of Kenya’s Guidelines on Election Coverage.

  26. In 2011, 2012 and 2013, I was among the judges that helped select the best media personalities and stories in the Media Council of Kenya, Journalism of the Year Awards Programme.

  27. In 2011 and 2012; I edited African Union (AU) country reports for Oxfam, Great Britain.

  28. Between 2010 and 2011 I taught Media and Democracy at Tangaza College of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. I am also a communication and management training consultant at the Kenya School of Government (KSG), Kabete.

  29. In March and April 2010, I trained a group of 25 Somali journalists working in radio and print. The three week training programme, organised by the Africa Peace Initiative (API) delved into among others; News writing and news gathering techniques, feature writing, investigative journalism, gender and religion, newsroom management, and interviewing techniques. It involved theory and practical assignments.

  30. In May 2010, I trained 21 journalists from mainstream media on journalism ethics and code of conduct. We also explored existing journalistic opportunities in Kenya’s new constitution. The workshop organised by the Media Council of Kenya, was sponsored by the British Council.

  31. In June 2010, I trained journalists on Reporting Sexual Violence Against Children. The training was organised by Panos East Africa.

  32. In July 2010 I trained 40 journalists on Development Journalism. The workshop held in Kisumu City, was organised by the Kenya Media Council and sponsored by UNDP.

  33. Between September and October 2010, I trained journalists and researchers in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam on how to use their skills to enhance economic growth and poverty reduction. The training was organised by Panos Eastern Africa and Panos London.

  34. January 2011, I trained journalists, editors and researchers in Naivasha and Dar es Salaam on covering economic growth and poverty reduction. The training was organised by Panos Eastern Africa and Panos London.

  35. I am have mentored 20 journalists in Kenya and Tanzania. These are individuals who won the Panos Journalism Fellowship to research and write a story on poverty reduction and economic growth.

 

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

  1. Taikan Africa; October 1st 2013; I am the founder of Taikan Africa, a fitness and wellness security company that aims at empowering the youth with mental, physical and emotional discipline and skills in martial arts. Our main objective is to use Aikido, Karate and other forms of martial arts to promote peace among various communities while addressing drug and alcohol abuse among the Kenyan youth. We also train VIP bodyguards, and security guards while arming women and girls with anti-rape techniques. We offer Leadership training and team building to corporates. Our leadership training emanates from the Budo Virtues.

  2. Internews in Kenya: Manager, in Charge of the Free and Fair Media Training Programme: August 2011 to September 2013. At Internews, I was in charge of training and mentoring journalists and editors from the Kenyan mainstream media. I designed and executed workshops, local and international conferences, and media roundtables. I was in charge of developing the training materials, itineraries and curricular. I worked closely with Civil Society Organisations and donors. I mentored both journalists and editors.  

  3. Public Relations Manager, National Social Security Fund (NSSF) – (2004 to 2009)

  4. Trainer of Trainers and Editorial consultant for the World Bank (1996 to date)

  5. Bureau Chief/News Editor, Nation Media Group, (1989-1999)

  6. In house editor, Oxfam Great Britain (2011-2012)

  7. Journalism lecturer, United States International University – Africa (USIU) (2000-2004)

  8. Journalism lecturer, Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC) (2001-2004)

  9. Mass Communications Lecturer, Air Travel and Related Studies College (2003-2005)

  10. Trainer in Media and Human Rights for the Kenya Human Rights Commission (1992-2006)

  11. Editor, Sauti ya Katiba, an official newspaper for the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission (CKRC) (2003-2004)

  12. Consultant editor, The Weekly Brief (2004)

  13. Editorial Consultant for the International AIDs Vaccine Initiative (IAVI)- (2000-2003)

  14. Editorial Director, Hazina News, a Quarterly Magazine of the National Social Security Fund (NSSF)

  15. Editor, ICASA GEM, the official paper of the International Conference on Aids and Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Africa (ICASA) (July 2004)

  16. Programme Associate, Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) (2001-2004)

  17. Consultant, Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, (KNCHR) (2004 to 2009)

  18. Media consultant, National AIDS Control Council (NACC) (2003- 2004)

  19. Consultant editor, Majeshi Yetu, a Kenya Military magazine (2001)

  20. Provided editorial consultancy services for the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) in Barcelona Spain during the XIV World International AIDs Conference attended by Former South African President Nelson Mandela and former US President Bill Clinton.

  21. Press and public relations officer, Kenya Domestic Observation Programme (KDOP) (2002)

 

INSTITUTIONS AND AGENCIES I HAVE CONSULTED FOR INCLUDE

UNDP Kenya, TradeMark East Africa, Oxfam Great Britain; PANOS Eastern Africa; Media Council of Kenya(MCK); African Medical Research Foundation (AMREF); Africa Peace Initiative (API), International AIDS Vaccine Initiative New York (IAVI); Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES); The World Bank; Refugee Consortium of Kenya (RCK); Kondrad Adeneur Foundation; Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC); Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC); National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK); Legal Resources Foundation (LRF); Public Law Institute (PLI); International Commission of Jurists (ICJ)-Kenya Section; Action Aid-Kenya; African Woman and Child Information Network (AWC); ACE Communications; Central Depository Unit (CDU); Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK); ACORD; Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR); Consumer Insight; National Aids Control Council (NACC); Kenya Agency for the Development of Enterprises and Technology (KADET); International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Cross Crescent and Internews.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND                 

                                    

Master’s Degree in Journalism Studies, Cardiff University, Wales, United Kingdom: 1999/2000.

Diploma in Mass Communication; Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC); 1987-1988

 

PUBLISHED WORKS

 

  1. Researching, writing and editing the autobiography of a former Governor.

  2. Atemi Caleb: (2019): Seasons of Hope, Memoir of David Musila, Published by the David Musila Foundation, Printed by Maneesh Media LLP, Jaipur India.

  3. Researching, writing and editing the autobiography of Maggie Ireri, the Managing Director of Trans Africa.

  4. Atemi Caleb: (2016): Against All Odds: Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka; Peace Cook Co., Ltd. Hong Kong

  5. I edited; The Girl who Dared to Dream; the autobiography of Dr. Betty Muthoni Gikonyo; (2013) Mvule Publishers, Nairobi Kenya.

  6. I edited; Cool Under Fire; Memoir of former Head of Civil Service, G.K. Kareithi; (forthcoming)

  7. Atemi, Caleb: (2012): Long Walk to Media Freedom: Book on media regulations in East Africa; Media Council of Kenya (MCK), Nairobi.

  8. Atemi Caleb: (2002), Academic Suicide. Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), Nairobi

  9. Atemi Caleb: (2002): Violence in your Neighbourhood. Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), Nairobi

  10. Atemi Caleb: (2002) Election Coverage Code: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), Nairobi

  11. When Kenyans Spoke: A Report of the Kenya Domestic Observation (K-DOP), 2002 General Elections

  12. Atemi Caleb and Mbogori Kagwiria: (2002) Research into Existing Legal and Policy Constraints on media in Kenya: A project sponsored by USAID and commissioned by the Legal Resources Foundation (LRF)

  13. Atemi Caleb and Billington Mwangi Gituto: (2006) Research into the Role of Community Media in Democracy: A project of the Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists Kenya Chapter.

 

MEMBERSHIPS

I am a member of;

 

  1. Parklands Sports Club

  2. Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ)

  3. Public Relations Society of Kenya (PRSK)

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