ray mwareya

International Journalist

Ray Mwareya

Ray Mwareya is the 2016 Winner of the UN Correspondents Association Media Prize awarded by UN Sec Gen. Ban Ki Moon, and he is the first reporter in the world to wn the UN Global Migration Fair Reporting Prize.

Ray is Editor+Founder of Women Taboos Radio Africa and News Correspondent for Inperspective Media - and freelancer for Thomson Reuters Foundation, London Guardian, New York Times, UK Daily Mail, Equal Times Magazine, Groundup News South Africa, Think Africa Press, Huffington Post, London Financial Tmes, Equal Times Magazine Brussels, and dozens others.

I have also been nominated for the prestigious European Union Lorenzo Natali Media Prize, shortlisted for Canada Portenier Human Rights Bursary, nominated for Britain's Kurt Schork Memorial Journalism Prize and won the Silicon Valley Singularity University Global Impact Fellow, won the Rosa Luxemborg Foundation Digital Journalism Fellowship, the Transparency International Investigating Land Corruption Fellowship, the Thomson Reuters Foundation Reporting Taboos Fellowship, the CIPESA.ORG Internet Freedom in Africa Fellowship, and the Religious News Foundation Reporting Taboos Fellowship and the Reporter Ohne Grenzen Germany Rest and Refuge Scholarship.

I have reported in Germany, Cuba, Angola, Somalia, Swaziland, Uganda, Southern Africa. I cover the whole countries of Kenya, Zambia, Mozambique, East and Southern Africa.

I handle breaking news, politics, long form feature stories, investigations, business news, features, video and audio reporting, health and science journalism, culture, data journalism and online media audience engagement.

My primary interest is humanitarian journalism, women health and data journalism and how it affects readers participation especially in Africa.

I am available 24 hours for any project on web, radio or TV - by road or air.

Feel free to pitch me.

Portfolio

Church condom restrictions in rural Zimbabwe linked to rise in teen pregnancies
This article is part of a series produced for Religion News Service's parent organization Religion News Foundation with support from the Arcus Foundation and Heinrich Böll...
94 Corpses and Counting: Inside South Africa's Mental Deaths Horror
By Ray Mwareya JOHANNESBURG, South Africa ‒ No single gunshot fired. 94 corpses. Still counting. The "worst hospital massacre" in South Africa. This is the horrific tale of 94...
Poisoned profits: decades later Zambians pay the terrible cost of lead mining
For decades, mining has formed the backbone of Zambia's economy, accounting for 12 per cent of its GDP and 70 per cent of its export earnings. But however much Zambia earns in...
"Migrant mothers need our help," say South Africa's baby smugglers
Amos Xulu drives the 857-kilometre, 20-hour journey between Johannesburg in South Africa and Bulawayo in Zimbabwe several times a week. Today, as he swerves his Scania bus into...
Widows without sons in Mozambique accused of sorcery and robbed of land
Widows from polygamous marriages abused and thrown out of their homes in rural Mozambique By Ray Mwareya CHIKWIDZIRE, Mozambique, July 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After...
Four decades on, Germany's Mozambican youth labourers are still waiting to be paid
Faced with severe labour shortages throughout the 1970s, in 1978 East Germany came to an agreement with its communist ally Mozambique that would result in 16,000-20,000...
South Africa's "gold slaves"
Nineteen-year-old Agrippa Machako recounts the day a 'recruiter' promised him a job as a hotel chef in Johannesburg, South Africa, over 1000 kilometres away from his hometown of...
South Africa's brave struggle against lesbian hate crimes
South Africa may be one of just 10 countries in the world to permit same-sex marriage - not to mention the only country in Africa - but it is also a place where the assault,...
Somalia - Farming Against Fighting - Africa Agribusiness
Story by Ray Mwareya The writer Ray Mwareya is the Africa news correspondent for the Global South Development Magazine Farak Doudi, 56, swings a rifle and cleans a water canal...
Electricity blackouts darken prospects for Zimbabwe's students
MASVINGO, Zimbabwe, Nov 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nearly everyone in Zimbabwe struggles with the country's failing electricity supply, but for many rural young people it...
Zimbabwe: Moneylenders step in where banks refuse to tread
Tawanda Gwata is terrified. The 42-year-old farmer borrowed $6,800 US to grow three hectares of Virginia tobacco. But then, he says, "The rains ruined my crop's leaves. I only...
Zimbabwe's coffee farmers struggle amid global boom and political gloom
A misty dawn has not yet given way to daylight in Zimbabwe's eastern highlands. Lenard Moyo, a coffee farmer near Chipinge town, is prising red arabica beans out of their trees...
Up in Smoke
In Zimbabwe, a booming tobacco-growing sector threatens the country's forests This year alone, Zimbabwe is expected to earn a record $777 million dollars from tobacco sales,...
Misuse of Mosquito Nets Stressing Lake Malawi's Fish Populations
By Ray Mwareya Mosquito nets distributed by international aid organizations to fight malaria are being used by some who live along the banks of Lake Malawi to indiscriminately...
Vulture Populations Are Crashing in Africa
Scavengers are under threat from farmers, poachers, and illegal trade in body parts Vulture populations are facing steep declines across Africa due to poisoning and the illegal...
Bottled water is 'the new gold' in drought-hit Harare
HARARE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The joke in Harare these days is that more people per square meter are drinking bottled water here - in the drought-hit capital of Zimbabwe...

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