Catherine Gicheru

Code for Africa, ICFJ Knight Fellow

Catherine Gicheru is an award-winning Kenyan journalist who is currently serving as a country manager at the Code for Kenya team working to bring together data journalists and technologists to produce innovative storytelling. She previously worked at the Nation Media Group where she rose to become the first woman news editor and investigations editor. She was also a founding editor of the Star newspaper in Nairobi. A Nieman Fellow and 1992 recipient of the International Women’s Media Foundation’s Courage in Journalism Award winner, Catherine is co-author of “S.M Otieno: Kenya’s Unique Burial Saga".

Catherine is speaking at

French Translation
September 26, 2019
9:15 am - 10:30 am
Holcim Auditorium, HafenCity Universität (HCU)


  • Zaffar Abbas (Speaker) Editor, Dawn Newspaper, Pakistan
  • Reg Chua (Speaker) Chief Operating Officer, Reuters News
  • Catherine Gicheru (Speaker) Code for Africa, ICFJ Knight Fellow
  • Marina Walker Guevara (Speaker) Director of Strategic Initiatives , ICIJ
  • Drew Sullivan (Speaker) Editor, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project
  • Sheila Coronel (Moderator) Dean of Academic Affairs, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
  • Cordula Meyer (Speaker) Editor National Desk, Der Spiegel


We gather today amid a growing global backlash against human rights, democracy, and an independent press. Even in countries where we thought our colleagues were relatively secure, the news media is under serious assault. At the same time, we face a business model that has all but disappeared, technology that seems to change not yearly but daily, and issues that threaten not only our profession but the Earth itself. 

And yet... In many ways investigative journalism is stronger than ever. An investigative press has spread worldwide, and those who believe in social accountability and progress now recognize that watchdog reporting is as essential to development as good healthcare, honest cops and a level playing field for business. 

With this in mind, we start GIJC19 with a look forward. Here are six big thinkers from six countries, with expertise ranging from kleptocracies to artificial intelligence, to give us a glimpse at the challenges ahead.

French translation for this session is provided by CFI, the French media development organization.

September 27, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Lecture Hall 150, HafenCity Universität (HCU)



Our networking sessions are just that: informal meet-ups where you can introduce youself, talk about your work, brainstorm, and find colleagues to collaborate with. Here is a chance to meet colleagues from Sub-Saharan Africa in a relaxed atmosphere. The moderators are Catherine Gicheru, country manager of Code for Kenya, and Benon Oluka, editor of @gijnAfrica.

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