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Highest Paid Journalists in Kenya

Journalism is one of the professions that come with a lot of influence, but one with huge huge salary variation. Journalists are paid depending on how much influence they have and the viewership they attract. Currently, the highest paid journalist in Kenya is Jeff Koinange, taking a whopping Ksh 2 million per month. The following is a list of the top paid journalists in Kenya.    

1. Jeff Koinange

  • Station: Citizen TV
  • Monthly Salary: Ksh 2 million
Jeff Koinange

Jeff Koinange is the highest paid journalist in Kenya earning over 2 million shilling every month.  He works at Citizen TV owned by Royal Media Services. He hosts Jeff Koinange Live in Citizen TV and also hosts other shows in radio stations owned by RMS. He previously worked at KTN before joining Citizen TV. He has also worked for CNN and Arise Television Ltd in South Africa.

He graduated with an associate degree from Kingsborough Community College and also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from New York University.

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2. Maina Kageni

  • Station: Classic 105
  • Monthly salary: Ksh 1.5 million

Maina Kageni is the second highly paid journalist in Kenya. He hosts the Breakfast Show on Classic 105 together with Mwalimu King’ang’i. He also gets other bonuses and packages annually. Maina does not have a college degree, but has managed to climb up the journalism ladder.

3. Linus Kaikai

  • Station: Citizen TV
  • Monthly salary: Ksh 1.2 million

Linus Kaikai is the director strategy and innovation at Citizen TV owned by Royal Media Services. He is the third highest paid journalist in Kenya. He is also the chairman of Kenya Editors Guild. He has a master’s degree in International Journalism from Masinde Muliro University. He has also worked at KTN and South African Broadcasting Corporation.

4. Joe Ageyo   

  • Station: Citizen TV
  • Monthly Salary: Ksh 1.1 Million

Joe Ageyo is an editor at Royal Media Services. He moderated the presidential debate held at Brooke House School in 2013 and Catholic University o East Africa in 2017. He has a postgraduate Diploma in Mass Communication from the University of Nairobi.

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5. Rashid Abdalla

  • Station: Citizen TV
  • Monthly salary: Ksh 680,000

Rashid Abdalla is a Swahili news anchor at Citizen TV together with his co-host and wife; Lulu Hassan. Apart from his monthly salary, he also gets other packages for programs he and his wife produce in their production company. He was awarded Bingwa radio presenter of the year award.  

6. Lulu Hassan

  • Station: Citizen TV
  • Monthly salary: Ksh 650,000

Lulu Hassan is a Swahili news anchor at Citizen TV. She and her husband are co-hosts attracting admiration from viewers.  She owns a production company that filmed programs like Aziza and Maria that aired in Citizen TV and and Huba that aired in Maisha Magic.

7. Victoria Rubadiri

  • Station: Citizen TV
  • Monthly salary: Ksh 650,000
Victoria Rubadiri

Victoria Rubadiri is a renowned journalist at Citizen TV. She is one of the female journalists doing well in the industry making it to the top list of best paid journalists in Kenya. She worked on NTV where she hosted Victoria’s Lounge show before moving to Citizen TV. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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8. Lilian Muli

  • Station: Citizen TV
  • Monthly salary: Ksh 600,000

Lilian Muli is a news anchor at Citizen TV and an influential journalist. She holds a degree in journalism from Daystar University and an MBA in Strategic Management from the University of Nairobi. She hosted a program, Slim Possible that sought to help women lose excessive weight. She worked in KTN before moving to Citizen TV.

9. Betty Kyalo

  • Station: KTN
  • Monthly salary: Ksh 500,000

Betty Kyalo is a female renowned journalist currently working at KTN. She previously worked at K24 before quitting protesting a salary pay cut of 50%. It was her return to KTN where she previously worked years ago. She also owns a beauty parlor in Kilimani known as Flair by Betty. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from Daystar University.

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Conclusion

Journalism is a wide industry that has a wide range of careers like editors, content writer, news anchors, program directors and reporters. To make it in the industry, you need to brand yourself and attract massive viewership to your show.