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My story – Mercy Juma

Storyteller. Photographer. Public Speaker. Moderator

Mercy Juma is a Nairobi based multi- award winning Broadcast and Print Journalist, moderator and public speaker.

Currently Mercy is working as a Bilingual Correspondent at BBC News, responsible for researching on, gathering and reporting breaking news and ongoing events, domestically and internationally. She delivers live updates and analysis whilst events unfold and packages content from the field and in the studio for all flagship TV and radio programmes as well as digital media.

Before joining the BBC, Mercy worked as a Senior broadcast and print journalist at Nation Media Group in Kenya. She specialized in reporting on health and science news for TV and newspaper, and documentary production on the same. At NTV she produced and scripted over 20 long form features stories on Maternal and Child Health, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Population, Youth and Women Empowerment and Development for broadcast on NTV and Publishing in the Daily Nation Newspaper. Mercy was recognised by Nation Media Group as best performing employee in broadcast division in 2014 and 2015 consecutively.

In 2017, Mercy made history, becoming the first recipient of the inaugural Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling by The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) in partnership with ONE and the Elliott family. A continent-wide award that honours journalists in Africa who strive to strengthen people’s voices and illuminate the transformational change taking place on the continent. She was also one of the four 2015 United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists Fellows.

Outside of her journalism work, Mercy is a speaker and moderator. She has presented on various platforms including the International Journalism Festival and several major Global Health conferences. She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from United States International University – Africa.  One of her biggest commitments is towards creating a culture of equality, inclusion, and diversity.

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