Hellen Shikanda

Science Reporter

Member since Aug 2023

Ms Shikanda holds a bachelor’s degree in communication and journalism from Moi University in Kenya.
She received post-campus training in Multimedia Journalism from the Graduate School of Media, Aga
Khan University under the Nation Media Lab.
She has been a reporter for four years now specializing in producing multimedia content in Health and
Science for the Nation Media Group. In the four years, Ms Shikanda has been part of a number of
fellowships and trainings such as the Bettina Fund Mentorship Program by the Thomson Foundation, the
Oxford Climate Journalism Network, the Africa Resilience Network and the Africa Academy of Open-
Source Investigation by Code for Africa ,Women in News class of 2022, Internews, National Press
Foundation and Climate Tracker Climate Justice Fellowship for COP27.
She is a multi-award-winning journalist and has previously been feted by the Media Council of Kenya
during the Annual Journalism Excellence Awards in the categories; Podcast of the Year (2022), Health
Reporting, Environment and Climate Change Reporting and Development Reporting (2023). Recently,
she was shortlisted as a finalist for a global climate award as an Emerging Journalist Covering
Climate by the organisation Covering Climate Now.


This is a recent story that I did on how air quality affects people's health.


HPV vaccination in my country is mostly given to girls. This story addresses why boys, too, need to be included.


Zoonotic diseases in the city are rarely told. My story explores a study that shows how emerging zoonotic infection in my capital city could come about.


This is a feature story of a woman who had a medical negligence issue that has affected her for 19 years now, and counting.


This is a story on how city dwellers are affected by sewage overflow in their places of residence


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