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Ochieng Ogodo
Journalist (Nairobi, Kenya)

Ochieng' Ogodo is the Sub-Saharan Africa News Editor for Science and Development Network (www.scidev.net). He is a Kenyan science journalist writing for local and international media. He is the English-speaking Africa and the Middle East region winner for the 2008 Reuters-IUCN Media Awards for Excellence in Environmental Reporting. Ochieng' also chairs the Kenya Environment and Science Journalists Association (KENSJA) As a journalist, his works have been published in various parts of the world including the Africa, UK and the USA. He ventured into journalism in 1996 at The East African Standard, one of the two leading media houses in Kenya. At The Standard he worked at the News Desk which entailed rigorous reporting including news breaking based on assignments and personal initiatives. From September 1999 to October 2003 he was moved to the Investigative Desk as one of the few writers to the then widely read investigative pullout, The Big Issue. He comprehensively and extensively wrote on human interest issues, personality profiles, entertainment, transport and maritime, not to forget commentaries and analysis on major topical issues as well as undertaking Special Projects. From October 1, 2003 to November 1, 2006 he was a staff writer with the defunct Biosafety News- then a Nairobi based Science, Biotechnology, Health, Environment and Agriculture Magazine. He was a Senior Staff Writer at Doctor News East Africa [Kenya] from September 2007 to June 2008. Among others, he has made contributions to popular media outlets in the world like The Guardian [UK] and National Geographic (US). He has been to various international scientific forums. April 16-21, 2007, he attended the World Conference of Science Journalists in Melbourne and presented on Climate Change Reporting: The Developing Word Perspective. He attended Land Ocean Interaction in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ) open science congress in Egmond aan Nzee, Netherlands June 25-July 1, 2005 and presented on Media and Environmental Protection. He covered the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in Curitiba, Brazil March 14-25, 2006 and United Nations Framework on Convention on Climate Change in Nairobi, November 06-17, 2006. From December 7-18, 2009 he covered COP 15 in Copenhagen. Ochieng' has consulted for, among others, Elsevier BV based in Netherlands, EDCTP and the World Agroforestry Center..