Catherine Achieng’a is a TV News Editor and Anchor at the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation. She specializes in Political and Parliamentary News reporting. This includes live commentary at the start of every Parliamentary session in the Senate exclusively broadcast by KBC and live field reports. In addition she hosts live interviews on Current affairs during Prime time news at 9PM.
Prior to that she hosted the breakfast show “Good Morning Kenya” for five years until 2014 July when KBC re-launched the station. The live program was broadcast in the morning between 8-9am for one hour.Catherine has being actively involved in youth empowerment issues, health matters and political affairs.In 2013 she moderated a live broadcast from Kenya in which US President Barack Obama was addressing the Young African leader’s summit in South Africa. She was the one who asked President Barack Obama “whether he will keep his promise to Kenyans and visit while he was still in office” The summit was broadcast simultaneously in four African Countries. US President was later to keep his promise and visited Kenya in July 2015.
Catherine has also singlehandedly moderated the first ever Deputy Presidential Debate in Kenya in the run up to the 2013 General election that was sponsored by the Christian churches. The debate held on February 14th 2013 brought together the 8 Deputy Presidential candidates to articulate their agenda for Kenya taking into account family values. Prior to that Catherine moderated live town hall meetings sponsored by the US Government in the run up to the referendum in 2010 to educate the youth on the contents of the current constitution. Her ability to deliver earned her recognition/commendation letter from former US Ambassador to Kenya Michael Rannerberger. She has also received a certificate from the US Peace Corps for coverage of stories on deaf communities in Kenya.
In 2011 she was nominated by the US Government to participate in a 3 week International Visitor’s Leadership Program in the United States under the Edward Murrow program for journalists. Her passion for health issues particularly on HIV, has earned her an equipment grant from Internews network in Kenya to facilitate coverage of health stories. She also serves as a member of KBC’s AIDS Control Unit, and Anti Alcohol and Drug Abuse Committee which among others is responsible for drafting workplace policies on HIV/AIDS and tackling drug abuse in the Workplace.Catherine has interviewed high profile personalities and foreign diplomats. She has also travelled widely in the course of duty to several countries in Africa and across the globe. She is passionate on youth affairs and during her free time is keen on mentoring young people, reading, watching movies and travelling.
Catherine has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication and Media technology from Maseno University. She has also undergone training in computer packages parliamentary procedures and political reporting. She is also a certified Trainer of Trainers on Alcohol and drug abuse as well as works with young people to provide mentorship.
Catherine is also a member of the International Association of Women in Radio and Television, Association of Media Women in Kenya, the Kenya Parliamentary Journalists Association and Kenya Editor’s Guild.