30 Journalists Who Became The News Themselves (Part 1)

30 Journalists Who Became The News Themselves (Part 1)

Citizen TV News anchor Jacque Maribe in recent days has found herself the story in the ongoing murder investigations of slain businesswoman Monica Kimani’s murder.

The anchor was thrown into the limelight after her fiancé was arrested over the murder of Monica.

Joseph Irungu aka Jowi, was arrested on Tuesday with police reports indicating that he was nursing a gunshot wound after shooting himself.

However, Irungu claimed that he was shot on September 21 as he dropped Maribe home.

Citizen Tv Anchor Jacque Maribe

Efforts by the police to trace Maribe were futile as she was not at both her residence and work place and did not respond to calls.

The media personality resurfaced on Thursday where she recorded a statement and had her fingerprints taken as part of the ongoing investigations.

Before the arrest of her fiancé, Maribe read the news of Monica’s murder when it broke out.

Other media celebrities who have become the news themselves include:

Betty Kyallo

The former KTN anchor made the headlines for her involvement with Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho where she later admitted that there was something going on between them at that time.

Betty also faced criticism after she hosted musician Prezzo who appeared intoxicated during her Friday night show.

Kobi Kihara

The once NTV AM Live host became the talk of town after it was revealed that she posted other people’s photos as her own. Criticism towards Kihara led to her deleting all her media accounts.

She has since restored her accounts and posts on the regular.

Mary Kilobi

The swahili anchor working with KTN made news after she revealed that she is married to COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli.

The 34-year-old became Atwoli’s third wife which was confirmed by him during an interview on Jeff Koinange’s JKL show.

Barrack Oduor

The NTV journalist was reported to have escaped abduction by jumping out of a moving car.

It was later revealed that he was kidnapped together with Sharon Otieno after police discovered her body in a forest.

Swaleh Mdoe

The veteran news anchor shocked everyone when he announced that he was selling his kidney for Sh 2.5 million due to financial challenges.

He later decided not to sell it after being contacted by Kenyans who offered to raise the money he needed.

Esther Arunga

The former news anchor became the topic of discussion following her marriage to controversial pastor Quincy Timberlake of Finger of God church.

She later moved to Australia where they had a child who later died under mysterious circumstances that led to her being questioned over the death.

Former TV anchor Esther Arunga with her husband Quincy Timberlake

Ciku Muiruri

The former host of Classic 105’s ‘Busted’ found herself in the thick of things after a video of her and one of the Artur Brother’s was aired on Jichopevu’s segment.

She later quit the radio station in 2004 after posting an emotional message on her facebook account.

Ciku Muiruri

Joseph Mochero

The Egesa Fm presenter left many puzzled after he committed suicide due to domestic wrangles. 

Mochere was popular among the local listeners for his comic approach on air.

Joy Doreen Mbira

She became an unfortunate victim to theft after her Mercedes Benz was stolen by her colleague at the time she was working at KTN. 

The car was stolen from Standard Group’s parking lot along Mombasa Road on December 23.

Joy Doreen Biira

Ian Wafula

The K24 anchor was unlucky after he lost his car and money to conmen early this year.

The car was later impounded by the police as investigations into the case continued.

Wambui Kabiru

Former NTV journalist was killed after an argument with her husband Moses Dola, who was also a journalist with Nation Media Group, over radio volume in the house.

Police reported that she died after being strangled.

Moses Dola and Wambui Kabiru

Louis Otieno

The once famed journalist found himself in trouble after he was named in the murder of a college student.

Things went from bad to worse for him after he was diagnosed with Acute Pancreatitis and also lost his hearing. He later on approached the public for financial help.

Jeff Koinange

The JKL show host and Hot 96 presenter was accused of rape by a German lady in 2007 and lost his job at CNN.

According to Jeff, the woman wanted to be introduced to Oprah Winfrey.

Stephen Letoo

The Citizen TV journalist was beaten up by GSU officers while covering Miguna Miguna’s return to Kenya and was later rushed to the hospital.

The journalist later narrated the ordeal citing that what happened showed the extent of police brutality.

Stephen Letoo



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