CNN has scooped up eNCA’s chief African correspondent, Robyn Kriel. She is joining CNN as its East Africa correspondent. In April, she freelanced for the network for one day, where she was covering the Kenyan university massacre.
She just announced her move on Twitter:
In August, eNCA’s chief meteorologist Derek Van Dam made the jump to CNN.
UPDATE: We have been provided with her bio:
Robyn Kriel is CNN’s newest correspondent covering East Africa, joining in May 2015, based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Prior to this she served as South African based eNCA’s Chief Africa Correspondent. In her three and a half years in East Africa, Robyn and her team have travelled throughout much of the region -reporting on everything from the war and drought in Somalia, to cross border clashes along the Sudan/ South Sudan border, to hostages held by pirates rescued in Puntland, to the Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi and Garissa University Attacks in North East Kenya.
Robyn started with eNCA in June 2008. During her time in South Africa, Robyn field- anchored and reported several large news events including the 2009 National Elections, the recall of President Thabo Mbeki by the ANC, the ongoing crisis in Zimbabwe and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
In September 2010, Robyn travelled to Afghanistan, where she spent a month embedded with U.S. Marines in Helmand Province, covering the Afghan parliamentary elections.
In 2007, Robyn was based in Zimbabwe as a freelance journalist covering the country’s economic and political meltdown. She reported on the 2007 price control crisis, the state crackdown on media and civil society groups and the 2008 March elections. Her reports aired on National Public Radio, CNN, ABC, BBC, Voice of America and Carte Blanche.
Robyn has been honored for her story telling. In 2008 she won an Edward R. Murrow award for in-depth series reporting, earned an Overseas Press Club honorable mention for reporting on the human condition, a David Burke Award for Bravery in Journalism by the Broadcasting Board of Governors and a Houston Press Club Award and two Lonestar Emmys. In 2013 she and her cameraman Orto Sori received an honorable mention in the CNN African Journalist of the Year competition.
In 2010 Robyn attended a six-week fellowship course at Duke University as a Menell Fellow, representing eNCA.
In 2011 she was then singled by the United States’ First Lady, Michelle Obama, during Mrs. Obama’s visit to South Africa, for what Obama called her “courageous reporting from Zimbabwe”. She became part of the State Department Young African Leaders Initiative. In January of 2015 Robyn was selected as a small group of African journalists asked to participate in a week-long work shop held by U.S. Military’s Africa Command, to learn and engage with U.S. military activities and operations on the ground in Africa.
Robyn began her career in broadcasting as a reporter for KWTX Television in Waco, Texas, graduating from TCU in Fort Worth, Texas, with degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Musical Theatre. She is currently completing her Masters of Arts in War Studies through a distance-learning program at King’s College London.
Robyn was born and raised in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. She has been blessed with a wonderful family and friends on several continents.