Name: Geoffrey Kamadi
I am a Kenyan freelance journalist specializing in health and science writing. My journalism career began as a hobby after completing high school education in 1997. At the beginning of my writing career I focused generally on human interest features that dwelt mainly on topical issues, as opposed to science writing per se. However after a friend introduced me to writing on science, I then knew that this is where my career path should lead. I have since trained with Internews Kenya on HIV/ AIDS reporting. A whole new area of interest has opened up before me since taking part in this training, not only in health but in science as a whole. My work has appeared in the local as well as online publications. I have contributed stories to such local newspapers as the Daily Nation and the East African newspapers. My stories have also appeared in online publications, which include Thomson Reuters’ Alertnet, IslamOnline.net, Scidev.net and suite 101. Health and science writing is now my strong area of interest in journalism. This is because I have come to appreciate the fact that there are many things going on in science, which is of great interest to my local and international audience. Health and science is a fascinating area of interest in journalism, not least in an African country like Kenya. So whenever scientific trials to find an HIV/ AIDS or malaria vaccine have been initiated, this has been an important area to write about. Climate change is a major concern to the country. Changing weather patterns is affecting people’s livelihoods as well as the spread and occurrence of disease. It is my strong belief that people need information on this emerging issue, not least in a country like Kenya, which is vulnerable to changing weather patterns.