Charles Onyango Obbo

Author, Journalist & Editor: Mail & Guardian Africa

Charles-Onyango-ObboCharles Onyango Obbo, based in Kenya, is a Ugandan author, journalist, and Editor of Mail & Guardian Africa. He is a former Managing Editor of The Monitor, a daily Ugandan newspaper, and Executive Editor for the Africa and Digital Media Division with Nation Media Group, Nairobi, Kenya. He is a political commentator on issues in East Africa and the African Great Lakes region. He writes a column, “Ear to the Ground”, in The Monitor, a second column in the regional weekly The EastAfrican, and a third in the Daily Nation.

Born in the town of Mbale in Eastern Uganda, Onyango-Obbo studied at St. Leo’s College, Kyegobe in Fort Portal and later Makerere University in Kampala, the largest and oldest public university in Uganda, graduating with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. He later attended the American University in Cairo where he obtained the degree of Master of Arts in journalism. In 1991, he was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.