Alphonce Shiundu is an award-winning author, a prolific journalist and a thorough editor who has managed major profitable content development and publishing projects. He previously, worked in Kenya’s mainstream media houses specifically The Nation Media Group and The Standard Group Plc for over a dozen years before joining Africa Check in 2017 to set up and run the country office.


He is the pioneer Kenya country editor of Africa Check, the continent’s leading independent, non-partisan organisation that assesses claims made in the public arena using journalistic skills and the latest publicly available evidence in order to correct false or misleading information and inculcate honesty and accountability in public debate.


Shiundu writes on public policy, legislation, and politics. His work and views on information integrity, media literacy, politics and development has been featured/published in local news media such as The Standard, the Nation, NTV, The Nairobian, KTN News, Akoma, Spice FM, among others, and in major international media platforms including the BBC, CNN, The Africa Report, Aljazeera, D+C Magazine, Quartz, the Financial Times, the New York Times, ChinAfrica Magazine.


He has expertise in fact-checking research, open-source intelligence, digital multimedia journalism, development communication, political communication and publishing technologies. He has conducted dozens of OSINT workshops, journalism guest lectures, information integrity seminars, political communication bootcamps, and fact-checking masterclasses. He has also made presentations on political communication and evidence-based policymaking to hundreds of government officials, political parties, researchers, journalists, students and the civil society, in over 14 countries in Africa and in Europe.


Shiundu holds a Masters in Media and Development from the University of Westminster, London and a Bachelors in Information Sciences from Moi University in Kenya.


He has a strong global professional network as a 2017 Chevening Scholar at the University of Westminster, London; a 2015 alumnus of the Young African Leaders Initiative Regional Learning Centre in Nairobi; a 2013 Media Fellow of the Professional Fellows Exchange Programme, Washington DC; and a 2012 fellow of the School of Authentic Journalism, Mexico City. He’s the 2018 winner of the Africa Book Club Awards for his story ‘The Wrong Patient’ published in an eponymous anthology—The Wrong Patient and Other Stories.


In his free time, when he is not tweeting @Shiundu, or writing historical non-fiction, he is most likely climbing mountains or hiking on forest trails.

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