Larry Madowo is an international correspondent for CNN based in Nairobi. He is also the host of African Voices Changemakers, a long-running CNN series which profiles outstanding individuals from across the continent.
Since joining the network in 2021, Madowo has covered some of the biggest stories from around the globe and brought in a unique perspective from his region, delivering insight into the political, economic and cultural influences of the African continent to CNN’s global audience.
Madowo has reported extensively on the Tigray conflict in northern Ethiopia, historic flooding in Nigeria, the 2022 Kenyan elections, coronavirus vaccine inequality, the plight of migrant workers at the 2022 Qatar World Cup, and reported from the World Economic Forum in Davos. He has also anchored news shows from Atlanta, broadcast from Expo 2020 in Dubai and reported from CNN’s Paris, London, and Johannesburg bureaus. He has interviewed presidents and prime ministers from across the continent including the leaders of Sudan, Sierra Leone, Zambia, Kenya, and Malawi.
He joined CNN from the BBC, where he served as the network’s North America Correspondent in Washington, D.C. In that role he covered major U.S. news stories including the Covid-19 outbreak, the 2020 presidential election and the protests following the death of George Floyd and the trial of Derek Chauvin. He also was a fill-in anchor for the network’s flagship BBC World News America show that airs globally and on PBS stations across the United States.
Madowo previously served as the BBC Africa Business Editor, where he oversaw the launch of six syndicated shows in three languages and managed more than two dozen business journalists based in London and four African countries.
Before joining the BBC he worked for NTV Kenya and CNBC Africa, where he anchored the business channel’s daily market shows Open Exchange, Power Lunch and Closing Bell in Johannesburg.
Apart from his extensive reporting in Africa and North America, Larry has also filed stories from all over the world including China, France, Brazil, Vietnam, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, Germany, and India.
Named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2020, Madowo started his broadcasting career at Kenya Television Network at the age of 20.
Madowo also believes in regularly engaging with his viewers online, and makes social media an integral part of his reporting. He has a digital audience of more than 5 million followers on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Madowo has a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Daystar University in Kenya as well as a master’s in Business and Economics Journalism from Columbia University in New York, where he was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow. He speaks Swahili and Luo and is also conversational in French.
Follow him on Twitter: @LarryMadowo