Jeff Koinange Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 20 Aug, 2018
Facts of Jeff Koinange
Date of Birth: 1966 , January-7
Age: 52 years old
Birth Nation: Kenya
Name Jeff Koinange
Birth Name Jeff Koinange
Nick Name Jeff
Nationality Kenyan
Birth Place/City Kenya
Religion Christianity
Ethnicity Black
Profession Journalist
Working For Television
Net Worth Unknown
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Black
Face Color Black
Famous for Chief Anchor, Arise News
Married Yes
Married to Shaila Koinange
Children 1
Divorce N/A
Education Kingsborough Community College, New York University
Awards News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story – Long Form
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Jeff Koinange is a well-known Kenyan journalist, broadcaster, and television news anchor. He is best known for being the first Kenyan journalist to have served for CNN and CNN International and as the host of popular and controversial Talk Show, Jeff Koinange Live #JKL on Kenyan Television network KTN. He is married to Shaila Koinange and has a child.

Early Life Of Jeff Koinange

Born on January 7th, 1966 in Kiambaa Village in Kenya, Jeff Koinange is the son of Frederick Koinange. His mother was a headmistress and a strict disciplinarian. He has three siblings, Hilda Wanjiru, Phyllis Wangui and Freddie Koinange. Jeff is the youngest in his family. His father died of a brain hemorrhage just after two months of his birth.

It was difficult for a single mother to raise four children by herself but looking at the popularity and success of her son, she must have been proud. Jeff received a good education. He went to Hospital Hill School later changing to St. Mary’s where he did his A-levels.

Jeff studied Broadcast Technology and Management at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, New York.  After being a topper of his class, Jeff Koinange got a scholarship to study at New York University where he completed his BA in Broadcast Journalism in the year 1991.

Jeff Koinange's Career

After completing the High School in St. Mary’s, Jeff Koinange was recruited as a flight attendant for Pan Am World Airways in 1986. He spent a year and a half, flying with the Pan Am Airways. During the time, he discovered his talent for communication. The passengers used to applaud his announcements on the plane saying Jeff has a good voice.

Jeff is regarded as a great negotiator and a skilled motivator. He is a gifted anchor. He is the first African in the history to win prestigious Emmy Award, Peabody Award, Vernon Jarrett and the Prix Bayeux.

Afterward, Jeff became interested in journalism and therefore studied Broadcast Journalism. In 1995, Jeff became a part-time news anchor at KTN. He was appointed as Reuters West Africa Chief in 1998 based in Ivory Coast relocating to J’burg. Jeff Koinange served in CNN since 2001-2007 as a senior African correspondent.

Jeff served K24 TV from 200 to 2012 where he was the host of a popular show “On the Bench”. He served at ARISE Television for a short stint and then moved back to Kenya to become E.A Bureau Chief. Jeff Koinange is currently serving in the position and is also the host of a popular Talk Show Jeff Koinange Live and a country music radio show on Nation FM.

Jeff Koinange's Net Worth

Jeff Koinange's net worth is around $495 thousand (Kes 50 million) at present. He earns a decent amount of salary from his career.

Looking at the popularity and position of Jeff Koinange, it can be believed, Jeff earns a very handsome salary and has a very good net worth. It can be believed Jeff is one of the richest men in Kenya.

Jeff Koinange's Personal Life

Moving onto the personal life of Jeff Koinange, he has been married twice. Jeff was previously married to Sonya. They got married in 1988 and parted ways in 1994 after Jeff caught her red-handed with another man in the bed.

Later, Jeff Koinange fell in love with Shaila Koinange, whom he met in the interview to be flight attendants in the year 1986. The two got married in 1998 after Jeff divorced with Sonya, his first wife. 

The couple struggled to conceive for 9 years and with the treatment, they welcomed their first child Jamal Mbiyu in 2007. The couple is living very happily together with their cute little son.

Rumor and Controversy

In 2007, Jeff got caught in a sex scandal which is followed by his move from CNN. It was claimed by Marianne Briner, a Swiss citizen, that she and Jeff were involved in an affair.  The same year, prior to this event, Jeff Koinange was in controversy to have staged a report on the movement for the emancipation of Niger Delta.

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