KTN News senior anchor Yvonne Okwara-Matole on Sunday night formally announced she was quitting the station two days after Business Today revealed she was headed to rival station, Citizen TV. Ms Okwara went biblical as she exemplified what her five-year tour of duty at the Standard Group-owned TV station meant, saying, among others, it symbolises goodness and God’s favour towards human beings.
“But I want to leave you with this one. This is about the power of five. Five is a very important number. It symbolises God’s grace. Symbolises goodness and favour towards human beings. In case you wondering, it is mentioned 318 times in scripture in the Bible. That’s how important it is; five senses, five fingers, five toes. And on that note, I would like to thank you very much for five years….I will see you when I see you,” she told her viewers.
Okwara, who has been in the media for the last 11 years, started off her career at Royal Media Services (RMS), which operates Citizen TV, as a radio journalist. However, she says the journalism bug struck her at a tender age. As an eight-year-old, she was a presenter for a Children’s Variety Show at KBC and also did a variety of voice overs.
She has also worked at Nation Media Group as a radio talk show producer and later joined NTV where she started the NTV This Morning Show. She joined KTN five years and has emerged as one of its foremost journalists. She hosts a Sunday night talk show ‘Checkpoint’, where she moderates analysts in a no-holds barred assessment of the week’s biggest stories. She is also the Head of News Anchors at KTN as well as a content producer.
In a recent interview, she described herself as an ambitious, analytical and self-driven journalist who seeks to speak truth to power through journalism.
At RMS, she is set to join her former managing editor Joe Ageyo, who was recently appointed editorial director of the SK Macharia-founded media house.