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Former KTN prime time news anchor Sophia Wanuna lands top government job

Former KTN prime-time news anchor Sophia Wanuna is now a senior government employee.

In a public notice from the Judicial Service Commission on Thursday, May 4, 2023, Ms Wanuna was introduced as the Commission’s Deputy Director and Head of Directorate of Public Affairs and Corporate Communications.

“The appointment took effect on 29 April 2023.

Ms Wanuna is seasoned communication professional with 15 years’ of experience. She brings a wealth of experience from the media as an established journalist and newsroom manager,” read the JSC notice.

On April 18, 2023, Sophia Wanuna announced her exit from the Mombasa Road-based media house and exited on April 21, 2023. Nairobi News previously reported that she left KTN after months of keeping a low profile.

“As I celebrate my birthday today, my heart is full.  I appreciate all the wonderful colleagues I had the privilege to work with as a journalist. Grateful for those who have watched me over the years. For the hundreds that I hosted on TV, Asante sana (thank you very much). A New Chapter now begins,” said Ms Wanuna on May 4, 2023, as well.

Ms Wanuna holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from Daystar University with a specialization in Public Relations. She began her career at the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation in 2008 before moving on to Mediamax in 2010 where she was a journalist with K24. In 2011, she joined KTN where she worked as a news anchor and rose to become the Deputy Managing Editor.

At KTN, she hosted the Checkpoint political show on Sundays and was a lead reporter on The Big Story. Among her most notable milestones was moderating the 2022 Deputy Presidential debate between running mates; United Democratic Alliance’s Rigathi Gachagua (Deputy President) and Azimio’s Martha Karua, on July 19, 2022.

She exited Standard Group media house amid a mass exodus of employees owing to poor financial records at the media stable. In December 2022, Standard Group confirmed to staff members its plan to undertake far-reaching lay-offs, as the struggling media giant looked to stay afloat. Some journalists revealed they had worked for up to six months without receiving their salaries.

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