Two Standard Group journalists have left the company to take up key positions in the counties.
Carol Nderi, a former KTN senior reporter, has been appointed the Director of Communications-Governor’s Unit in Nyeri county.
“Perhaps I will just say that I have been a broadcast journalist for a decade (ten years), five of which I have been based in Nyeri . I feel that the move is good for my career growth and profile,” an excited Ms Nderi told Nairobi News.
“I love being a journalist but for now I am dedicated to doing my very best in this new area of exposure.”
Her appointment comes at a time the county has been facing a breakdown in communication with residents and journalists.
“We are in the process of scrutinizing application for the various communication roles. Once we are done, we will have a competent team to streamline communication from my office,” Mr Mutahi had said in an earlier interview.
The governor’s aide Nahasho Mung’ora had been handling the governor’s social media pages.
Ms Nderi will be in charge of providing leadership on the county government’s communication.
Kenny Kaburu, a former illustrator at Pulse magazine, has also been appointed the spokesperson and director of new media in the office of Senate Deputy Speaker and Tharaka Nithi Senator Prof Kithure Kindiki.
“I’m looking forward to working in that office. It’s a big task as he is looking forward to becoming president in 2022. Prof is looking beyond Tharaka Nithi so it’s a big task but I’m up to the task,” said Mr Kaburu.
Sources say more journalists are angling for big positions in the counties as governors seek to tap into talent from newsrooms.