Ms. Wanja Njuguna is a Ph. D candidate. She holds a Masters in Public Administration (Harvard University), USA. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Communication Department at the Namibia University of Science & Technology. She was previously a lecturer in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Botswana. With over 25 years in journalism, Ms. Njuguna started her career as a freelance journalist with the Nation Media Group in Kenya in 1989. She joined the Nation Media Group, the largest media group in East Africa, on full time basis in 1996 as a writer and subeditor until 2004.
She was a judge of the 2015 and 2016 CNN-Multichoice African Journalist of the Year Awards. During her career as a mainstream journalist, Ms Njuguna has won among others, one of journalism’s most prestigious fellowships, Stanford University’s John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship, Harvard University’s Mason Fellowship and the William Starr Innovation Fellowship. In 2000, she won the overall CNN African Journalist of the Year Award and the First Prize – News Print of the CNN African Journalist of the Year, 2000. As part of her prize package, for winning on a piece on domestic violence among the elite in Kenya entitled “Union Made in Hell”, she worked at Time Magazine, Atlantic Edition in London. She also won the Giants International Best Social Writer award for 2000 for her writing on human rights issues in Kenya for a year, among other awards.
Ms Njuguna’s journalism articles are varied from writing on food security, business & finance, leadership, children’s and general human rights citizens rights vs police, rights of People Living with HIV & Aids in the workplace, insurances,among others. Her research interest is in print media reportage on HIV & Aids and stigma surrounding People Living with HIV & Aids especially in the media. She is currently researching on Stigma and PLWHAs in the Media.