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Larry Madowo

About

Larry Madowo is one of the best journalists in the country and a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia University in New York. Larry Madowo who has previously worked for other major networks including Kenya Television Network and CNBC Africa resigned from NTV in March 2018 to join the BBC. He has since left and is now CNN's International correspondent.

Personal Life

The high-flying journalist Larry Madowo was born on 14 July 1987 in Siaya County. He is the firstborn of two children. Larry Madowo’s sister Elizabeth Madowo is five years younger than him. 

She is graduated from Moi University with a degree in business administration and management. 

As per her Instagram profile, Liz works in fashion and public relations with an interest in food and travel. Larry was orphaned by age 14 - his father died when he was 7 and his mother at 14.

Schooling

Larry Madowo’s education began at Usingo and Karapul Primary School. He proceeded to St. Gabriel Seminary School as Larry Madowo, believe it or not, wanted to be a priest. 

For his tertiary education, Larry Madowo attended Daystar University where he graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism. 

He has since gone on and received a master's degree in business and economic journalism from Columbia University in New York.

Career

Larry Madowo is now one of the most successful journalists in the country but he only found his path after he got hired at Bahasha FM. 

Before that, he sold mandazi and tea in gikomba marketa period he admitted was tough but came with its own lessons. 

Larry Madowo's admiration for former news anchors Louis Otieno and Esther Arunga led him to register for the journalism programme at Daystar University with the goal of working for Kenya Times Network (KTN), the station that Louis and Esther worked for. 

His difficulty in paying school fees forced him to do freelance writing but later on, dropped out as he couldn't sit for exams. He turned to promotions gigs when his next opportunity landed.

Larry got wind of an opportunity at Bahasha FM, through a friend. It was a Kikuyu television station but was interested in an English news presenter. 

He successfully interviewed for the job and worked at Bahasha until 2008 when he was laid off due to the post-election violence. 

Despite that, Larry Madowo still landed another opportunity, this time an interview at Standard Group’s KTN which was hiring interns. Despite his lack of qualifications, he was one of three interviewees picked for the role of a trainee television reporter. 

Larry Madowo established himself at KTN. He became known for his business reporting, a desk he admitted he did not envision working on. He anchored KTN Business Today, and KTN Financial Markets Live aired every weekday at 2 pm. 

After three years at the station, Larry Madowo left for rival station NTV Kenya at the call of the station’s managing editor at the time, Linus Kaikai. Larry Madowo’s presence continued to be felt. 

He worked as a business anchor and reporter before he left the station in 2012 to work for South African broadcaster, CNBC Africa. 

Larry Madowo returned to NTV Kenya in 2013 and evolved from business reporting to a prime time news anchor, technology editor, host of the station’s Friday night show The Trend, now-defunct Tuesday night political show Side Bar, and presented an afternoon show on Nation FM as well as penned a column on the Daily Nation dubbed Front Row.   

As a prime-time news anchor on NTV, Larry Madowo formed one of the most exciting news partnerships with Victoria Rubadiri. The two had so much chemistry that it sparked rumours of a romantic connection.  

While some reports indicated that Larry Madowo was fired, he chose to leave the NTV after eight years at the twin towers, on grounds of editorial interference from the top bosses. 

This came after he wrote a critical opinion piece on Interior and Coordination Cabinet Secretay Dr Fred Matiang'i following threats of arrest after the station broadcasted the mock swearing-in ceremony of Raila Odinga after the 2017 general elections. This saw his weekly column on the Daily Nation, FrontRow axed. 

In 2018, Larry Madowo then joined British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) where he worked as the Africa business editor for one year and five months before he took a sabbatical leave. 

He joined Columbia Journalism School in New York where he graduated with a master's degree in business and economic journalism. He was presented with the Phillip Greer Award for his thesis on financial writing 

Upon his return to the BBC, he worked as the network's North American correspondent. He covered the historical case against Derek Chauvin, the former American police officer convicted for the murder of George Floyd.

He left the BBC in 2021 for the American station Cable News Network (CNN). While at the BBC, Larry appeared across its major channels - BBC World Service radio, BBC World TV, BBC News UK, BBC website and BBC Radio 4. 

One of his most notable works was a documentary series “Raha: The Joy of Train” which shared stories of people living close to the belt and road initiative or the silk road, a project done by the Chinese government. 

Larry Madowo currently works at CNN as its international correspondent

Larry Madowo Salary

How much is Larry Madowo paid? With the major moves, he’s made so far in his career, switching BBC for CNN, that comes at a very good price. 

Whilst Larry hasn’t divulged details of his monthly pay, CNN Correspondents earns around $55, 000 per year, excluding bonuses. 

This figure changes depending on location, ratings, and level of experience among other factors.

Why is he known as a techie?  

In an interview with a local television station in 2015, Larry Madowo admitted that he does not have any technology certification. 

He fomented his techie status after he pioneered KTN’s social media handles during his time at the station. Plus, he said that he’s always been fascinated by technology thus his enthusiasm.  

Relationships

Is Larry Madowo married?

Despite having a successful career, Larry Madowo’s love life has always been the subject of debate. 

Contrary to the speculation that Larry Madowo and Victoria Rubadiri are married, the high-flying journalist is still single. The videos of Larry Madowo’s wedding are fake. 

Towards the tail end of  2021, he posted a suggestive picture with DW journalist Edith Kimani which sparked rumours that she was his fiancee. Unfortunately, it turned out that they are just very close friends. 

After he denied reports that he was dating his former colleagues, some netizens boldly alleged that he could be gay. Be that as it may, what we know for a fact is that Larry Madowo is yet to introduce his girlfriend to the world.

Controversy

Larry Madowo and Raila Odinga

One thing that journalists are respected for is their choice of words. So careful are they because the repercussions can hit hard. 

Unfortunately, they are only human and once in a while find themselves on the wrong side. Like Larry Madowo did. 

In 2016 when the Eurobond scandal was top of the national headlines, Raila Odinga promised to mention individuals involved in the saga. 

Perhaps Kenyans expected high-ranking government officials to make the list only for the so-called small fish to appear. Hence Larry Madowo’s tweet in which he compared the list to a fart. 

Larry Madowo was criticised for abusing the former prime minister. His tweet also elicited tribal comments which he apologised for later. He termed Raila Odinga as a patriot and a gentleman.

Larry Madowo vs Moses Kuria 

We’ve all watched heated debates on television. Some end in smiles and handshakes whilst others end in the guest being banned from the show. 

As was the case with Moses Kuria. After a heated exchange on Larry Madowo’s Side Bar show that aired on Tuesday nights on NTV Kenya, Larry Madowo banned the legislator from his guest list.

Moses Kuria was at odds with Larry Madowo over his facts. Larry stated that Moses Kuria had four hate speech cases to answer to while he maintained he had three. Larry was accused of being biased and was even called to apologise but he refused to retract his statements. 

Larry Madowo and Miguna

Another guest who was black-listed from Larry Madowo’s Tuesday night show, Sidebar, is the vocal Miguna Miguna. 

The two had a fiery exchange after Miguna seemingly called for violence. He did not clarify his statements but by the time the show ended, Larry Madowo banned him from his show. 

Larry Madowo and Boniface Mwangi

In 2016, renowned activist Boniface Mwangi and journalist Larry Madowo forced the then Mwingi West Member of Parliament Bernard Kitungi to observe traffic rules after they caught him on the wrong side of the road. 

Contrary to what most people would do,  which is to pave way for the "Mheshimiwa", the duo forced him to reverse and use the right side of the road. The move caused traffic snarl-up but eventually, the "Mhesh" moved back to the right side and opened the way.

Car

Larry Madowo posted a picture of a white Audi A4 which had an interesting detail on its number plate "I love Wagyu". 

Wagyu is a type of Japanese beef. He did not state the owner of the car but netizens congratulated him anyway. Larry Madowo is thought to have owned a Mercedez Benz GLE 350d.

House

Whereas Larry Madowo has not disclosed his current residence, he definitely owns a good house. In December 2021, he posted a picture on Instagram showing fans behind the scenes of his full attire as he worked from home. Though we don’t see much, Larry Madowo’s house gives off a modern feel. 

Net Worth 

Having worked at some of the biggest media houses in the world, Larry Madowo is definitely one of the highest-paid journalists in Kenya. His net worth is estimated to be around $3 - $5 million. 

Award & Recognition

2020:

Phillip Greer Award is given for his thesis on financial writing 

Young Global Leaders

Nominated as One Young World Journalist of the Year

100 Most Influential Young Africans by New Africa Magazine

First black man to give the Peter Stusberg Foreign Correspondents Lecture at Canada Carlton University.

2019:

Daily Journalism Single Report Award at the Association of International Broadcasting Awards for his four-part documentary series “Raha: The Joy of Train.”

Social Media

Larry Madowo is active across his social media platforms. Cumulatively, he has over 4 million followers. He mostly posts about news and other interesting things he comes across

Larry Madowo’s Instagram: @LarryMadowo 

Larry Madowo’s Twitter: @LarryMadowo 

Larry Madowo’s Facebook: Larry Madowo 

Larry Madowo’s LinkedIn: Larry Madowo

Q&A

Who is Larry Madowo?

Larry Madowo is a decorated journalist who currently works for CNN as an international correspondent. He previously worked at KTN, NTV Kenya, CNBC Africa and BBC. He has freelanced for outlets such as The Guardian and Washington Post.

Is Larry Madowo married to Victoria Rubadiri?

Contrary to popular belief, Larry Madowo and Victoria Rubadiri are not married. The two were prime-time news anchors at NTV Kenya. They formed such a strong partnership that led people to believe they were more than just colleagues. 

How rich is Larry Madowo?

Larry Madowo’s net worth is estimated to be $3 - $5 million. 

Who is Larry Madowo's wife?

Larry Madowo does not have a wife. Details of his love life remain scanty despite being linked to DW journalist Edith Kimani and former co-anchor Victoria Rubadiri. 

Is Larry Madowo gay?

Well, Larry Madowo has not explicitly stated that he is gay. Rumour mills suggest he could be gay as he has not shared news about his love life with the public.

How much is Larry Madowo paid by CNN?

Larry Madowo has not disclosed information about his salary. That said, CNN Correspondents earn around $55, 000 per year, excluding bonuses. This figure changes depending on location, ratings, and level of experience among other factors. 

Real name:
Larry Madowo
Occupation:
Journalist, Speaker
Birthday:
14 July 1987
Nationality:
Kenyan
Star sign:
Cancer
Birth place:
Siaya County
Height:
5'9
Children:
N/A
Net Worth:
$3 - $5 million

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Larry Madowo
Real name:
Larry Madowo
Occupation:
Journalist, Speaker
Birthday:
14 July 1987
Nationality:
Kenyan
Star sign:
Cancer
Birth place:
Siaya County
Height:
5'9
Children:
N/A
Net Worth:
$3 - $5 million

About

Larry Madowo is one of the best journalists in the country and a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia University in New York. Larry Madowo who has previously worked for other major networks including Kenya Television Network and CNBC Africa resigned from NTV in March 2018 to join the BBC. He has since left and is now CNN's International correspondent.

Personal Life

The high-flying journalist Larry Madowo was born on 14 July 1987 in Siaya County. He is the firstborn of two children. Larry Madowo’s sister Elizabeth Madowo is five years younger than him. 

She is graduated from Moi University with a degree in business administration and management. 

As per her Instagram profile, Liz works in fashion and public relations with an interest in food and travel. Larry was orphaned by age 14 - his father died when he was 7 and his mother at 14.

Schooling

Larry Madowo’s education began at Usingo and Karapul Primary School. He proceeded to St. Gabriel Seminary School as Larry Madowo, believe it or not, wanted to be a priest. 

For his tertiary education, Larry Madowo attended Daystar University where he graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism. 

He has since gone on and received a master's degree in business and economic journalism from Columbia University in New York.

Career

Larry Madowo is now one of the most successful journalists in the country but he only found his path after he got hired at Bahasha FM. 

Before that, he sold mandazi and tea in gikomba marketa period he admitted was tough but came with its own lessons. 

Larry Madowo's admiration for former news anchors Louis Otieno and Esther Arunga led him to register for the journalism programme at Daystar University with the goal of working for Kenya Times Network (KTN), the station that Louis and Esther worked for. 

His difficulty in paying school fees forced him to do freelance writing but later on, dropped out as he couldn't sit for exams. He turned to promotions gigs when his next opportunity landed.

Larry got wind of an opportunity at Bahasha FM, through a friend. It was a Kikuyu television station but was interested in an English news presenter. 

He successfully interviewed for the job and worked at Bahasha until 2008 when he was laid off due to the post-election violence. 

Despite that, Larry Madowo still landed another opportunity, this time an interview at Standard Group’s KTN which was hiring interns. Despite his lack of qualifications, he was one of three interviewees picked for the role of a trainee television reporter. 

Larry Madowo established himself at KTN. He became known for his business reporting, a desk he admitted he did not envision working on. He anchored KTN Business Today, and KTN Financial Markets Live aired every weekday at 2 pm. 

After three years at the station, Larry Madowo left for rival station NTV Kenya at the call of the station’s managing editor at the time, Linus Kaikai. Larry Madowo’s presence continued to be felt. 

He worked as a business anchor and reporter before he left the station in 2012 to work for South African broadcaster, CNBC Africa. 

Larry Madowo returned to NTV Kenya in 2013 and evolved from business reporting to a prime time news anchor, technology editor, host of the station’s Friday night show The Trend, now-defunct Tuesday night political show Side Bar, and presented an afternoon show on Nation FM as well as penned a column on the Daily Nation dubbed Front Row.   

As a prime-time news anchor on NTV, Larry Madowo formed one of the most exciting news partnerships with Victoria Rubadiri. The two had so much chemistry that it sparked rumours of a romantic connection.  

While some reports indicated that Larry Madowo was fired, he chose to leave the NTV after eight years at the twin towers, on grounds of editorial interference from the top bosses. 

This came after he wrote a critical opinion piece on Interior and Coordination Cabinet Secretay Dr Fred Matiang'i following threats of arrest after the station broadcasted the mock swearing-in ceremony of Raila Odinga after the 2017 general elections. This saw his weekly column on the Daily Nation, FrontRow axed. 

In 2018, Larry Madowo then joined British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) where he worked as the Africa business editor for one year and five months before he took a sabbatical leave. 

He joined Columbia Journalism School in New York where he graduated with a master's degree in business and economic journalism. He was presented with the Phillip Greer Award for his thesis on financial writing 

Upon his return to the BBC, he worked as the network's North American correspondent. He covered the historical case against Derek Chauvin, the former American police officer convicted for the murder of George Floyd.

He left the BBC in 2021 for the American station Cable News Network (CNN). While at the BBC, Larry appeared across its major channels - BBC World Service radio, BBC World TV, BBC News UK, BBC website and BBC Radio 4. 

One of his most notable works was a documentary series “Raha: The Joy of Train” which shared stories of people living close to the belt and road initiative or the silk road, a project done by the Chinese government. 

Larry Madowo currently works at CNN as its international correspondent

Larry Madowo Salary

How much is Larry Madowo paid? With the major moves, he’s made so far in his career, switching BBC for CNN, that comes at a very good price. 

Whilst Larry hasn’t divulged details of his monthly pay, CNN Correspondents earns around $55, 000 per year, excluding bonuses. 

This figure changes depending on location, ratings, and level of experience among other factors.

Why is he known as a techie?  

In an interview with a local television station in 2015, Larry Madowo admitted that he does not have any technology certification. 

He fomented his techie status after he pioneered KTN’s social media handles during his time at the station. Plus, he said that he’s always been fascinated by technology thus his enthusiasm.  

Relationships

Is Larry Madowo married?

Despite having a successful career, Larry Madowo’s love life has always been the subject of debate. 

Contrary to the speculation that Larry Madowo and Victoria Rubadiri are married, the high-flying journalist is still single. The videos of Larry Madowo’s wedding are fake. 

Towards the tail end of  2021, he posted a suggestive picture with DW journalist Edith Kimani which sparked rumours that she was his fiancee. Unfortunately, it turned out that they are just very close friends. 

After he denied reports that he was dating his former colleagues, some netizens boldly alleged that he could be gay. Be that as it may, what we know for a fact is that Larry Madowo is yet to introduce his girlfriend to the world.

Controversy

Larry Madowo and Raila Odinga

One thing that journalists are respected for is their choice of words. So careful are they because the repercussions can hit hard. 

Unfortunately, they are only human and once in a while find themselves on the wrong side. Like Larry Madowo did. 

In 2016 when the Eurobond scandal was top of the national headlines, Raila Odinga promised to mention individuals involved in the saga. 

Perhaps Kenyans expected high-ranking government officials to make the list only for the so-called small fish to appear. Hence Larry Madowo’s tweet in which he compared the list to a fart. 

Larry Madowo was criticised for abusing the former prime minister. His tweet also elicited tribal comments which he apologised for later. He termed Raila Odinga as a patriot and a gentleman.

Larry Madowo vs Moses Kuria 

We’ve all watched heated debates on television. Some end in smiles and handshakes whilst others end in the guest being banned from the show. 

As was the case with Moses Kuria. After a heated exchange on Larry Madowo’s Side Bar show that aired on Tuesday nights on NTV Kenya, Larry Madowo banned the legislator from his guest list.

Moses Kuria was at odds with Larry Madowo over his facts. Larry stated that Moses Kuria had four hate speech cases to answer to while he maintained he had three. Larry was accused of being biased and was even called to apologise but he refused to retract his statements. 

Larry Madowo and Miguna

Another guest who was black-listed from Larry Madowo’s Tuesday night show, Sidebar, is the vocal Miguna Miguna. 

The two had a fiery exchange after Miguna seemingly called for violence. He did not clarify his statements but by the time the show ended, Larry Madowo banned him from his show. 

Larry Madowo and Boniface Mwangi

In 2016, renowned activist Boniface Mwangi and journalist Larry Madowo forced the then Mwingi West Member of Parliament Bernard Kitungi to observe traffic rules after they caught him on the wrong side of the road. 

Contrary to what most people would do,  which is to pave way for the "Mheshimiwa", the duo forced him to reverse and use the right side of the road. The move caused traffic snarl-up but eventually, the "Mhesh" moved back to the right side and opened the way.

Car

Larry Madowo posted a picture of a white Audi A4 which had an interesting detail on its number plate "I love Wagyu". 

Wagyu is a type of Japanese beef. He did not state the owner of the car but netizens congratulated him anyway. Larry Madowo is thought to have owned a Mercedez Benz GLE 350d.

House

Whereas Larry Madowo has not disclosed his current residence, he definitely owns a good house. In December 2021, he posted a picture on Instagram showing fans behind the scenes of his full attire as he worked from home. Though we don’t see much, Larry Madowo’s house gives off a modern feel. 

Net Worth 

Having worked at some of the biggest media houses in the world, Larry Madowo is definitely one of the highest-paid journalists in Kenya. His net worth is estimated to be around $3 - $5 million. 

Award & Recognition

2020:

Phillip Greer Award is given for his thesis on financial writing 

Young Global Leaders

Nominated as One Young World Journalist of the Year

100 Most Influential Young Africans by New Africa Magazine

First black man to give the Peter Stusberg Foreign Correspondents Lecture at Canada Carlton University.

2019:

Daily Journalism Single Report Award at the Association of International Broadcasting Awards for his four-part documentary series “Raha: The Joy of Train.”

Social Media

Larry Madowo is active across his social media platforms. Cumulatively, he has over 4 million followers. He mostly posts about news and other interesting things he comes across

Larry Madowo’s Instagram: @LarryMadowo 

Larry Madowo’s Twitter: @LarryMadowo 

Larry Madowo’s Facebook: Larry Madowo 

Larry Madowo’s LinkedIn: Larry Madowo

Q&A

Who is Larry Madowo?

Larry Madowo is a decorated journalist who currently works for CNN as an international correspondent. He previously worked at KTN, NTV Kenya, CNBC Africa and BBC. He has freelanced for outlets such as The Guardian and Washington Post.

Is Larry Madowo married to Victoria Rubadiri?

Contrary to popular belief, Larry Madowo and Victoria Rubadiri are not married. The two were prime-time news anchors at NTV Kenya. They formed such a strong partnership that led people to believe they were more than just colleagues. 

How rich is Larry Madowo?

Larry Madowo’s net worth is estimated to be $3 - $5 million. 

Who is Larry Madowo's wife?

Larry Madowo does not have a wife. Details of his love life remain scanty despite being linked to DW journalist Edith Kimani and former co-anchor Victoria Rubadiri. 

Is Larry Madowo gay?

Well, Larry Madowo has not explicitly stated that he is gay. Rumour mills suggest he could be gay as he has not shared news about his love life with the public.

How much is Larry Madowo paid by CNN?

Larry Madowo has not disclosed information about his salary. That said, CNN Correspondents earn around $55, 000 per year, excluding bonuses. This figure changes depending on location, ratings, and level of experience among other factors.