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Tom Maliti is widely regarded as one of the best Kenyan journalists of his generation, and he has been a valued senior advisor to the Networked News Lab.
He began his media career in 1991 as a contributor to The Frontier Post in Lahore, Pakistan, writing short stories and feature articles. Later, he was part of a team of journalists that started Pakistan’s first weekend newspaper, The News on Sunday. He has served as editor of EXECUTIVE, a business magazine in Kenya; Expression Today, a media and human rights journal; and the African Woman and Child Feature Service. He later spent 10 years as a Nairobi-based correspondent in the service of the Associated Press.
Tom presently runs the ICC Kenya website with support from the Open Society Initiative. The website is the most authoritative source of information on the International Criminal Court trials of President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto and radio presenter Joshua Arap Sang for their alleged involvement in the post-election violence in 2007 and 2008.
In spite of the accolades he has received as a journalist, Maliti (not so secretly) covets the literary life. He has been the chairman of the board of Kwani Trust, a Nairobi-based literary network, since 2003.
Tom’s clear sense of journalistic ethics, his profound historical knowledge and his literary sensibilities provide a beacon for other members of the Networked News Lab.