This program will be taught by award-winning local and international faculty and distinguished guests, drawn from the industry.
Mr. Meyer is an award-winning editor and correspondent for Newsweek. He came to Nairobi from the United Nations, where he served for five years as the communications director and chief speechwriter for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He is the author of the Alexander Complex, an examination of the psychology of American empire builders, and the Year that Changed the World: the Untold Story of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, an eye-witness account of the revolutions of 1989, published in eleven languages and rated one of the “ten best books of 2009” by The Washington Post. He is a member of the New York Council on Foreign Relations.
Dr. Booker is a distinguished journalist and lecturer in Kenya and beyond, and she is the former head of the Department of Journalism and Communication at Multimedia University. Dr. Booker writes and speaks widely on issues of broadcast journalism, the state of the media and public health. She is currently a juror for the Annual Journalism Excellence Awards organised by the Media Council of Kenya, and she is the treasurer of the East African Communication Association.
Rhonda Breit, LLB, PhD, is a distinguished academic leader, teacher and researcher who specialises in the field of media law, ethics and journalism education. Throughout her 20-year career in academia, she has published widely in high impact academic journals in the fields of media law, ethics and journalism education. Her sole authored book Professional Communication: Legal and Ethical Issues (2011) has been adopted widely across Australian universities.
Dr. Kamau has taught and published extensively in the areas of political communication, communication research and theory, social media and blogging, and development communication. He previously taught at the University of Nairobi School of Journalism and has conducted training programs for various groups, including journalists, public health workers and young professionals.
Dr. Kimani is an award-winning journalist and author. A leading African writer, he was a senior editor at The Standard, and his work has appeared in The Guardian, The New African and Sky News, among others. Dr. Kimani is the author of three novels: Before The Rooster Crows and Upside Down, for which he was awarded the 2011 Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature, Kenya’s highest literary honor, and most recently Dance of the Jakaranda, which received an Editors’ Choice recommendation from The New York Times. Dr. Kimani was one of three international poets commissioned by National Public Radio to compose poems marking Barack Obama’s inauguration as US President in January 2009.
Mr. Buckley is the school’s professor of practice, and he oversees its professional development program. An award-winning reporter and editor who has been in and around journalism for three decades, Mr. Buckley began his career with The Washington Post, where he spent 12 years as a local reporter and foreign correspondent, based in Nairobi and Rio de Janeiro. He subsequently became managing editor of the St. Petersburg Times and, later, dean of the Poynter Institute, a leading US journalism training center. He has served four times as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes and has taught at the Nieman Narrative Conference at Harvard University. He conducts writing and leadership training workshops for journalists throughout the United States, the Caribbean and Africa.
Mr. Tkach, an eight-time Emmy winner for his documentary films, has spent more than 25 years filing TV documentaries and news reports from some of the world’s most difficult places. He has been a lead producer at CNN, NBC and CBS, where he was the principal long-form producer for Christiane Amanpour on 60 Minutes. Mr. Tkach is the creator and executive producer of Giving Nature a Voice, an environmental reporting project produced by the Graduate School of Media and Communications and airing weekly on Kenya’s NTV television network.
Mr. Lansner is a former London Observer correspondent and lecturer at Columbia University and Sciences Po Paris. He taught international media and policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs from 1994-2012 and has led workshops on media advocacy for CSOs in Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States. Mr. Lansner runs the graduate school’s Social Accountability Media Initiative project in partnership with the World Bank’s Global Partnership for Social Accountability.