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KC Star Reporter Works In Africa


Kansas City, Mo. – It's easy to become accustomed to the American brand of journalism, with its steady diet of 24/7 news, and newspapers competing with the web for readers. Kansas City Star wire editor Greg Moore recently got a taste of another culture of journalism. He spent several weeks in Kenya and Uganda, working with local reporters there.

Moore's trip is part of a journalist exchange program, sponsored by the Kansas City Star. For the past three years, the Star has exchanged journalists with some African newspapers in partnership with the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships.

This year, the exchange began at the Star with a residency by Rodney Muhumuza, a senior political reporter at the Daily Monitor in Kampala, the capital of Uganda. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross spoke with Muhumuza in June.

Soon after Rodney Muhumuza returned to Uganda, the Kansas City Star's Greg Moore followed him to both Uganda and Kenya. He recently returned, and then came by KCUR to tell Susan B. Wilson about what it's like to be journalist in those countries.

Click here to listen to the earlier interview with Ugandan reporter Rodney Muhumuza.

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A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Susan admits that her “first love” was radio, being an avid listener since childhood. However, she spent much of her career in mental health, healthcare administration, and sports psychology (Susan holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Bloch School of Business at UMKC.) In the meantime, Wilson satisfied her journalistic cravings by doing public speaking, providing “expert” interviews for local television, and being a guest commentator/contributor to KPRS’s morning drive time show and the teen talk show “Generation Rap.”
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