Swaleh Mdoe is undeniably one of the most celebrated Swahili news anchors in Kenya. Mdoe, who presently works at Citizen TV, joined the journalism industry in 1991, serving in both print and electronic media.
After his secondary school education, Mdoe joined the media institute and graduated with a Diploma in Human rights and media. He proceeded to Malaspina University College, Canada, where he pursued a degree in media studies.
Mdoe’s feet in Kenya’s media industry began at the Nation Media Group, where he worked as NTV’s news anchor between 1999 and 2001.
Mdoe also contributed news stories, features, and reports for London-based shipping magazine Ports International between 1997 and 2002, the Los Angeles Times (USA), Uhuru, and The Express newspapers both in Tanzania and in the local newspapers.
A higher position presented itself at the Standard Media Group, and Mdoe Quit NTV to join KTN, where he served as the news editor for Swahili bulletins.
He anchored for over six years, between 2001 and 2007, before finally shifting to his current employer, Royal Media Services, where he works as a Swahili News Editor and Anchor.
The Citizen TV Nipashe presenter is popularly known for his segment “Tafakari ya Babu,” which keeps viewers entertained and glued to the TV screens.
He doubles up as an author and an enthusiastic Kiswahili poet. Mdoe has penned a number of books, including Fumbo La Hadaa, Nachora Kwa Maneno, Michezo Yetu, Tafakari Ya Babu, Mwanasiasa, and Mpira wa Kilo na Wenzake, among others.
His first English book is known as TV News Anchoring: A Practical Guide to Professional News Casting. He also served as a member of the East African Foreign Correspondents Association between 1993-1999.
Throughout his career, Mdoe has won multiple awards, including the 2004 Daystar University Star of Excellence Award (SOEA) issued to individuals who excel in leadership and service.
He was in 2003 and 2004 also recognized as the News Anchor of the Year by the Kenya Union of Journalists.
Mdoe also won the favorite TV Male Presenter Award for four consecutive years 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006 in the youth premier awards, Chaguo La Teeniz Awards(CHAT).
In July 2009, he was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador of Culture by Jamhuri Peace Foundation, a program under UN-Habitat.