|Real Name||Alex Chamwada Ayiega|
|Age||50 (As of 2021)|
|Place of Birth||Vihiga County|
|Year of Birth||1971|
|Spouse||Caroline Iroka Chamwada|
|Children||Chelsea, Leon, and Kessey Chamwada|
Alex Chamwada is a well-known Kenyan-born journalist with over two decades of experience in the media endeavor. He has created a big name for himself in Kenya and abroad by covering political-social stories. With his rich experience, he has been named by several newspapers & online blogs as one of the best political reporters in Kenya. The journalist has also remained relevant, even after leaving Royal Media services, by providing unique and up-to-date content.
The veteran reporter was born on August 16th, 1971.
Alex is an alumnus of St. Peter’s Mumias High school. After his O-levels, he entered Moi University for a BSC in Information Science. From Moi University, he rolled to the University of Nairobi for a post-graduate diploma in Mass Communication.
In 2004, he entered the University of Liverpool for a Master’s degree in politics & Mass media.
The Moi University alumni are wedded to Caroline Chamwada. Together, they are blessed with Chelsea, Leon, and Kessey. In 2016, Chelsey Adaga Chamwada was seated for her KCPE and scored 406 marks. This saw her enter one of the best schools in the country. Her father was delighted and took to Facebook to express his joy.
“Chelsea joins the most useful, Precious Blood Riruta as Chelsea FC defeats Leicester City 3:0. Hatutakangi ujinga,” he posted.
Alex began his media journey way back in 1994 as a volunteer for the Kenyan Broadcasting Corporation (KBC). He quit in 1996 and joined a foundation to upgrade children’s science publications in Africa as the media liaison and dealing executive.
From 1995-to 1998, he volunteered at Trans World Radio. Trans World Radio is an international Evangelical Christian media distributor, and one of its subordinates has been in Kenya for decades.
From August 1999, he entered Kenya Broadcasting Network, where he worked for a while before joining Royal Media Services in 1999.
In 2001, he left to enter Kenya Television Network as a senior reporter and the political editor in 2005. 2008, he moved back to Royal Media Services as an Associate editor. At Citizen TV, he grew as a reporter and featured so many political stories. In mid-2014, he resigned from Royal Media Services. He published the news on his website.
“Today marks a significant turning point in my broadcast journalism profession. The Royal Media Services (RMS) has received my resignation as an Associate editor/reporter to enable me to start a new journey to the next level. I will very soon be back on the TV screen near you with present affairs as an independent content producer. I want to thank the fantastic team at RMS for their priceless gift to my growth as a journalist.
Special gratitude goes to Dr. and Mrs. Macharia. They have been my employers, mentors & family friends since my first day as a reporter with Radio Citizen in id-March 1999, at AMBANK House on University Way. In addition, a big thank you to the group Management Director, Mr. Wachira Waruru & the Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Faridah Karoney, for their professional input and direction. At the same time, I executed my duties at RMS. I will miss the fantastic newsroom crew led by Nixon Nganga,” his statement read in part.
The then political news journalist thanked even his critics and vowed to be back as an autonomous content creator. This marked the end of his 20-year journey as a hired broadcast journalist.
After his concession, Alex started his own production company known as chams Media limited. Chams is a transmission consultancy firm offering TV content production assistance. Since 2015, the company has delivered content to KTN through “The Chamwada Report” and “Daring Abroad” series. Chamwada’s report focuses on recent experiences, and things to do with development while daring abroad tells the stories of Kenyans who have successfully created a life abroad.
On March 31st, 2020, he declared the termination of his contract with KTN. The two shows will no protracted air on KTN but will continue airing on their website & YouTube channel. He thanked KTN for the incredible journey they had had together.
On his concession from KTN, he shared;
“This is to let our viewers understand that our productions, The Chamwada Report, a recent affairs show on development issues, and Daring Abroad, a series featuring Kenyans living overseas, will not be airing on KTN with resulting from April 1st, 2020. We will inform you about our next goal in due course.” He added:
“We would like to take this option to sincerely thank the standard group for a prosperous partnership that has run for over five years. Our appreciation also belongs to our viewers in general. Many thanks too, to all our partners for your constant support.”
The former Citizen TV Presenter has tended to scoop several rewards during his tenure as a broadcast reporter. These are:
He became the second runner-up in Africa’s most prestigious award on food safety reporting for the story he did on large-scale farming in Somalia & was crowned by the African Media Initiative.
Order of Grand warrior in late 2010 by former president Mwai Kibaki for his proficient reporting on reforms in Kenya