Larry Madowo is one of the most recognizable faces and household names in Kenyan media and an Online and Technology Editor as well as News Anchor at NTV Kenya who is regularly called upon to host and moderate high profile events in the country and abroad. He speaks to the biggest newsmakers in the country, from presidents and politicians to celebrities and ordinary wananchi and everything in between.
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Larry Omondi Madowo was born on 14th July 1987 in Siaya, Kenya and grew up in various parts of Kenya including Siaya, Kisumu and Nairobi.
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Larry Madowo attended St Gabriel’s Seminary School in Kisumu and here he developed an ambition to become a Catholic priest although by the time he finished high school this had changed. At college, he had to choose between studying to become a lawyer, journalist or get into technology but settled for journalism. In 2006, Larry enrolled for a communications degree at Daystar University in Nairobi. In 2007, Larry interned for a vernacular radio station Bahasha FM reading news in English. Larry eventually dropped out of college a year and a half down his degree to take up a job at Kenya Television Network, Africa’s oldest private television network. Later, Larry returned to college and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree from Daystar University.
Larry Madowo is a broadcast journalist, writer and technology evangelist. He anchors the popular Friday night show #theTrend and NTV Weekend Edition.He started his television career at KTN as a Trainee Reporter. While at the station, he launched and anchored Kenya’s first daytime business programme KTN Financial Markets Live as well as KTN Business Today. He regularly anchored breaking news and reported live from major stories on numerous occasions. His last major assignment at KTN was anchoring the station’s coverage of the 2010 referendum from the IIEC’s Bomas of Kenya national tallying centre. He joined NTV Kenya in October 2010 as a Business Anchor and Reporter, launching the critically acclaimed PM Live and hosting the weekly magazine show Money Matters. Most recently, Larry became the first ever non-South African anchor to be based in CNBC Africa’s Johannesburg headquarters where he hosted live market shows Open Exchange, Power Lunch and Closing Bell. Larry also produced and presented the weekly show Eye on Kenya and hosted several CNBC Africa events and awards ceremonies. Larry has travelled to and reported from nearly 30 countries in 5 continents on such wide-ranging stories from manufacturing in China, Silicon Valley’s technology credentials in the US and tourism in Ghana.
Larry Madowo owns and writes on his personal blog and was the first African journalist with a verified Twitter page @LarryMadowo, where he has nearly 500,000 followers. In addition, he also pioneered the use of social media on Kenyan television and was responsible for the formation of the KTN Kenya Facebook and Twitter pages before any other media house in the country had a social media presence. Moreover, Larry also writes a Tuesday column in the Daily Nation’s DN2 pullout called #FrontRow.
Larry Madowo is rumored to be earning something close to Ksh.500,000 / $5,000 per month. Apart from his salary, there are other perks to his job such as flying to foreign countries on assignment under the bill of Nation Media Group.