Catherine Gicheru

International Center for Journalists

Catherine Gicheru is an International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) Knight Fellow working with Code for Africa’s Academy and Communities program where she is the senior program manager. Code for Africa is Africa’s largest network of indigenous civic technology and open data laboratories with affiliate members in 10 African countries and funded projects in a further 12 countries. She is also the pan African lead for WanaData, a women data journalists and data scientists peer network. Gicheru is a veteran journalist with two of the leading media organisations in the region – she was the first woman bureau chief, the first female news editor of the Nation Media Group and was the founding editor of the dally newspaper the Star. She cofounded East Africa’s first budget and public finance fact checking and verification initiative, PesaCheck. She is an advisory board member of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism Oxford; the Aga Khan University’s Graduate School of Media and Communications; the British Council’s First News Worldwide program and advised on Open Society’s Fiscal Governance Program and the ICFJ’s State of Technology in Global Newsrooms survey. She is a jury member for WAN-IFRA Africa Digital Media Awards, EJC’s MoneyTrail among others.

Gicheru is a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, a Reuters Institute Journalism Fellow at Oxford University, and a 1992 IWMF Courage in Journalism award winner.