Kenyan journalist Jeff Koinange has established himself as one of the most respected journalists in the world; he is famous for hosting shows like Jeff Koinange Live, HOT 96, and judging East Africa's Got Talent.
The reporter has worked with news giants like CNN, Reuters, and is popular for his crisis reporting in some of the worst affected areas in the world. Audiences have also admired his risk-taking as he has risked his life on multiple occasions to report the news.
Jeff Koinange has a net worth of around $494,462 (Ksh 50 million) as of February 2020. He earned this riches primarily from a career in broadcast journalism and news reporting that started in the mid-90s.
Koinange grew up in Kenya, where he struggled for quite a bit before moving to America to get a bachelor’s degree.
The best-selling author has a lot of expensive possessions. The reporter owns a 5,300 square-foot house in Kenya, where the average house price is around $140,666. He rides around in a Mercedes-Benz G-Class that costs around $127,650.
Additionally, he wears a Breitling Watch costing around $3,957 (400,000 Kenyan Shillings).
As a journalist, he earns around $19,788.52 (2,000,000 Kenyan Shillings). Similarly, he was formerly employed at CNN, where the range of pay is from $37,311 to $144,282 per year.
Jeff’s career started in Kenya with Kenya Television Network. He then worked for a few small networks before getting a job at ABC News. Then he got a job at Reuters where he worked as their chief producer for Africa from 1999 to 2001. After this, he started working at NBC News in 1994.
His career at CNN started in 2001, and he started covering crisis and wars all over Africa. He reported on some of the most violent wars in Africa. In fact, his reporting was so vigorous that the Nigerian government punished him for reporting the ongoing events.
Additionally, he also reported on Hurricane Katrina and the Iraq war. He also worked as a correspondent for them for international events. CNN officially announced his departure from the network on 29 May 2007.
After working with CNN, he then worked for another Kenyan network called K24. He also released a biography titled Through my African eyes.
The news reporter is actively involved in various charitable works, in fact, he is passionate about giving back to the community.
He once donated money to a charitable organization after asking his followers on Twitter for financial help. The journalist also donated 20 books to Kapsabet High school.
Similarly, he donated books to a library in the Kibra slums and worked with Fatuma’s Voice for charity.
Jeff Koinange was born Jeff Mwaura Koinange on 7 January 1966 in Nairobi to Frederick Mbiyu Koinange and Hilda Wambui Ngoima.
He holds Kenyan citizenship and is African-American by ethnicity. He went to Kingsborough Community College and graduated in 1989. He later went to New York University and got a Bachelor of Arts (broadcast journalism).
Koinange is married to Shaila Koinange as of February 2020; they have a son named Jamal Mbiyu Koinange. They tied the knot in 1998. Before this, he was married to a girl named Sonya. The duo separated in 1994.