Orton Kiishweko, in 2011 was awarded as Overall winner of The Excellence in journalism awards 2011(Journalist of the Year)
Previously, he has written for The Guardian Newspaper and subsequently for The Citizen newspaper when it came onto the market in Dar es salaam in 2004 ,a stint that later took him to Nation Media Group’s Daily Nation in Nairobi. His articles have appeared in Guardian UK, Diplomat East Africa, Forbes Africa, Daily Nation and Business Daily and The Guardian Tanzania and the Management Journal and Daily News.
In December 2009, he was commended with two national awards, the Young and Most Promising Journalist Award and the best journo award on reporting on children’s issues.
He has previously mentored journalism students at the University of Dar es salaam Institute of Journalism and Mass Communication as an external editor for their monthly newspaper, Hill Observer.
Joined journalism over a decade ago and worked for, among others, The Guardian Limited (Tanzania), The EastAfrican newspaper (Nation Media Group) and IPP’s first investigative newspaper, THISDAY as Chief Reporter (business).
Also done correspondence with The Africa Report Magazine of Paris (France), African Confidential of London, VOA English to Africa Service and Central and Eastern European Market watch online publication.
He is a trained journalist and he is also a member of Forum for African Investigative Reporters and alumnae of US Foreign Journalist Programme where I reported 2011 World Food Prize award giving ceremony in Des Moines.
His articles also have appeared in IPS Africa, The Africa Report, Africa Confidential, The New African, The Independent and The Times of London. He was a winner of the David Astor Journalism Award in 2009, which saw him posted to UK newspapers The Independent and The Times for three months.
In 2008, he spent three months at the United Nations’ Headquarters after winning the prestigious Dag Hammarskjöld Fellowship for Journalism, where he reported on African issues including climate change, reproductive health, agriculture and technology.
He has been Media Manager for Vodacom Tanzania Limited, Tanzania’s leading Telecom Company.
At 36, he is viewed as one of Tanzania’s sharpest newspaper columnist in his weekly column ‘This and That’.