Eric Latiff: Journalist’s Rise From Engineering Career to Moderating Presidential Debate

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On Thursday, July 21, the Presidential Debates Secretariat unveiled Eric Latiff of KTN News as one of the journalists who will preside over the debate between William Ruto of the UDA and Raila Odinga, the Azimio flag-bearer.

Latiff has had a distinguished career in the media for more than 20 years, but like his co-moderator Yvonne Okwara, he has a different background.


At the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC), which is based in South B, the seasoned journalist received his initial training as a Telecommunications Engineer in 1998.
“As the initial station manager, I played a significant role in the conceptualization of the program structure and technical layout. All stations in the nation have adopted our modular news concept “reads his biography.


Prior to moving on to Family TV, where he worked as a TV producer, he simultaneously served as Kameme FM’s production manager and producer while still working at Media Max.

Latiff, who has a commanding voice, spent years working as an anchor and news editor at Capital FM before joining the Standard Media Group as a senior anchor and host.

He was one of the Situation Room hosts when the Mombasa Road-based media company launched Spice FM in 2019, a well-liked conversational show with a focus on politics and current affairs.

He has made a name for himself as one of the media industry’s most sought-after journalists thanks to his versatility across TV, radio, print, and digital media.

Latiff has previously conducted in-depth interviews with prominent Kenyans. On June 28, he was one of the journalists chosen to sit on a panel and speak with Azimio flagbearer Raila Odinga and his running mate Martha Karua.

On Tuesday, July 26, when he moderates the presidential debate between Raila and William Ruto of the UDA, all eyes will be on him.

The interview between Prof. George Wajackoyah of the Roots Party and David Mwaure of Agano, two second-tier candidates, will be moderated by KTN’s Ken Mijungu and NTV’s Smriti Vidyarthi.


He was a member of the group that Rose and David Kimotho put together in order to launch K24, Kenya’s first 24-hour news channel, in 2006.


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