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Paydesk has 62 journalists in Ethiopia. Our journalists can do broadcast reports, as well as printed media and photography.

Our top journalists in Ethiopia are Kennedy Aboye and YONATAN ZEBIDEWOS.

Use our journalist directory to find a member to work for you.

We have journalists in Adama, Addis Ababa, Ambo, Asosa, Bahir Dar, Dessie, Dire Dawa, Jijiga, Mek'ele and Welkite.

Journalists in Ethiopia



Kennedy Aboye

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Kennedy Aboye is a journalist based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

I had been working at the Ethiopian 
Broadcasting Corporation (EBC), since 2011.
After leaving EBC I joined an online media called Al Ain News in December, 2019, which is owned by 
International Media Investment of The United Arab Read moreEmirates, until I left it on 16th June 2021. Since 17th June of 2021 I am working as VoA Horn Africa Vendor at Addis Ababa.
Through my study and career I have developed sound understanding of journalistic activities and 
careers; world politics and international relations. I also gained public speaking skills that 
improved my view point and dedication to analyze different activities and developments all at 
the local, regional and international levels that will feat the journalistic world. I have done very 
well academically and participated in discussions and debates, by which I polished my 
interpersonal and communication skills.

For further information I have attached my CV and relevant copies of testimony with this letter.

Curriculum Vitae:
Name: Kennedy Abate Aboye
Sex: Male
Date of birth: May, 1988 G.C.
Place of birth: Wondo Genet, Ethiopia
Residence: Addis Ababa
Nationality: Ethiopian
Marital status: Single

Career History:
March, 2011-May, 2018: Reporter at Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation’s news, sport and 
entertainment departments, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
June, 2018-November, 2019: Senior Editor at Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation, Ethiopia.
December, 2019-June 15, 2021: Editor at Al-Ain news, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
June 16,2021-Still: Stringer at VoA Horn Africa
Languages
Amharic
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
+9
Skills
Travel Politics Current Affairs
+15

Yonatan Zebidewos

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
YONATAN ZEBIDEWOS is a journalist based in Awassa, Ethiopia working for Voice Of America (VOA). He have worked for Debub Radio and television agency and for Ethiopian News Agency not less than for 7years. He have covered different political, economic and social stories.
Languages
Amharic English
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
+8
Skills
Cultural Natural Disasters Current Affairs
+7

Alem Fesseha

Mek'ele, Ethiopia
Alem Fesseha is a journalist based in Mek'ele, Tigray, Ethiopia. He had been reporting for VOA Horn Service in Amharic and Tigrigna for several years. He had been reporting on socio-economic and political issues and have experience for several years.
Languages
Amharic English Tigrinya
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
+7
Skills
Fact Checking Science & Environment Medical
+16

Mulugeta Atsbeha Gebremicheal

Mek'ele, Ethiopia
Mulugeta Atsbeha Gebremicheal is a journalist based in Mek'ele, Ethiopia.

Mulugeta Atsbeha former reporter at Mekele FM 104.4 and Tigrai Television also worked as News editor at Fana Broadcasting corporate Mekele Fana FM 94.8. 

Mulugeta starts working as a reporter at Voice of America from Read moreAugust 2018 until now. Mulugeta is broadcast journalist Audio package and Video
Languages
Amharic Tigrinya
Services
Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Fact Checking
Skills
Fact Checking

Solomon Yimer

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Solomon Yimer is an experienced journalist based in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. He used to write for Addis Fortune and The Ethiopian Reporter newspapers and other local and international publications as well. He also worked as content editor at Addis Zeybe, Addis Ababa based digital media outlet. Read moreCurrently he is working as a freelance journalist.
Languages
Amharic English
Services
Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast) Documentaries
+11
Skills
Fact Checking Food & Drink Investigative Reporting
+10

Addisu Chekol

Dire Dawa, Ethiopia
Addis Chekol is a journalist based in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia.
Languages
Amharic English
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
+8
Skills
Current Affairs Fact Checking Breaking News

Gebremichael Gebremedhin

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Gebremichael Gebremedhin is a journalist based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Languages
Amharic English Tigrinya
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
+7
Skills
Finance Climate Change Health & Fitness
+14

Mesfin Aragie

Dessie, Ethiopia
Mesfin Aragie is a journalist based in Dessie, Ethiopia.
Languages
Amharic
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
+5
Skills
Investigative Reporting Finance Climate Change
+16

Dawit Gelmo

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Dawit E. Gelmo is a journalist based in, Ethiopia. Gelmo is a graduate of Addis Ababa University School of Journalism and Communication and currently working as stringer for the Voice of America Horn of Africa Service. Previously, he was working from Nairobi Kenya precisely on the migration and Read morerefugee for VOA. Now he has been relocated back to his home country by the same entity he feeds contents for (VOA). 

Previously Mr. Gelmo has worked for Fana Broadcasting for 2 years and eleven months, he has also worked for Filmaid International and several media monitoring organizations.
Languages
Amharic English Oromo
+1
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
+12
Skills
Cultural Business Health & Fitness
+14

Aster Misganaw

Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
Aster Misganaw is a journalist based in Bahir Dar , Ethiopia.
She currently works for the Voice of America, Horn of Africa Service.She mostly reports in Ethiopian official language Amharic.
Aster has been with the Voice of America since 2018
Before joining VOA She was an award winning journalist Read moreat Amhara Television where he worked as a   reporter  and program producer.
Skills 
Amharic
English
Audio  and Video package 

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ግለሰቦቹ እንደሚሉት ከተማሪዎች የሚተርፈውን ምግብ በመከፋፈል፣ የተወሰነው በልተውና
የቀረውን ደግሞ አድርቀው፣ ሽጠው ለቤት ኪራይና ለሌሎች ወጭዎች ይጠቀሙ ነበር። https://amharic.voanews.com/
#BahirDar #COVIDー19 #VOAAmharic

This is the link where one can see some of the work I work for VOA in Amharic 

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https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dV17cJXA2DE&feature=share
 This is the link where one can see some of  the work  I work from Amhara tv
Languages
Amharic
Services
Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Documentaries Fact Checking
Skills
Entertainment & Celebrity Fact Checking

Tsehay Damtew

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tsehay Damtew is a VOA  journalist in Ethiopia, based in Addis Ababa. She has been working for more than two years in VOA as a horn service stringer since December 2018. She had been working in FBC as a reporter, senior reporter and Producer too. She had also worked on her own promotion and Read moreadvertising businesses. And she is a given journalist wo is working diligently.
Languages
Amharic English Oromo
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
+4
Skills
Arts & Books Travel Investigative Reporting
+4

Eskinder Firew

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Eskinder Firew is an esteemed journalist based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with a career spanning about two decades at the Voice of America, Horn of Africa Service, since joining in 2005. His reporting primarily focuses on conflict resolution and political affairs, with a special emphasis on Ethiopia Read moreand the Horn of Africa, where he has diligently covered the peace talks mediated by the regional bloc IGAD. Eskinder's work has been pivotal in elucidating the efforts to establish a transitional government and the persistent challenges in the war-torn region, thereby enhancing the understanding of international relations and civil strife in South Sudan.

Eskinder adeptly reports in Amharic, Ethiopia's official language and English , catering to a diverse audience. His proficiency in English was particularly instrumental during the South Sudan peace talks in Addis Ababa, where he reported continuously for the South Sudan in Focus Program. His versatility as a journalist was also showcased when he served as a pool reporter during former Second Lady Jill Biden's visit to Ethiopia in July 2016.

His interviews included exclusive sit-down interviews with the current 
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, foreign ambassadors and diplomats.

"Eskinder is an established journalistic institution in Ethiopia, with a long￾time following and a particular skill set that is unique value in Addis", a former chief of VOA’s Horn of Africa Service said.

Prior to his tenure at the Voice of America, Eskinder honed his journalistic skills at Ethiopian Television, where he was recognized as an award-winning journalist. His roles there included reporter, editor, and program producer, which equipped him with a robust foundation in media and journalism, setting the stage for his subsequent contributions to international reporting and his insightful coverage of critical political events in the Horn of Africa.
Languages
English
Services
Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast) Fact Checking
Skills
Fact Checking

Melkamu Abebe

Ambo, Ethiopia
Melkamu Abebe is a journalist based in Ambo, Ethiopia. He is working for VOA Horn Service since December 2018 as Horn Stringer in Afan Oromo and Amharic languages. He had been working for Ethiopian News Agency for about two years as a reporter and Producer. And he had an experience of FM and AM Read moreradio stations journalist for Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC) and Nekemte Fana FM 96.1 for more than 4 years. And He was also working on his own infotainment radio radio show called "Cumboo", the meaning is a pleasant cultural food that is well known among Oromo People, specially in the Western part of Oromia and Ethiopia. He was an amatuer radio program producer on local educational radio station.
Languages
Amharic English Oromo
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
+6
Skills
Breaking News Media Training Entertainment & Celebrity
+8

Loic Samuel Amoni Koona Youth

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Hello,

I'm Loic Samuel A.K Youth, a journalist currently working at the UN office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. My experience has led me from traditional journalism in Washington DC at Voice of America to organizational communication at UNECA. However, I am still adept at shooting and packaging Read morestories.
Languages
English French
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
+7
Skills
Cultural Fact Checking Sports
+3

Negussie Aklilu

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Negussie Aklilu is a journalist based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Languages
Amharic
Services
Feature Stories Fact Checking
Skills
Fact Checking

Dereje Gonfa

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Dereje Gonfa is a journalist based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He has been a freelance journalist and language translator for more than 10 years. He has worked as a senior journalist at Addis Standard and communication coordinator at one human rights advocacy organization.
I was also  involved in Read moreresearch, interviewing sources and writing reporting and analysis.
He has have in-depth knowledge of East Africa and the rest of the country's situation, especially political issues in the world and writes reports, analyses and features.
Languages
Amharic English Oromo
Services
Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast) Documentaries
+7
Skills
Cultural Business Breaking News
+2

Ayele Addis Ambelu

Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
AYELE ADDIS AMBELU is a journalist based in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. Award-winning journalist and media educator working for Africa News Channel and Ethiopian Mass Media Action (EMMA NEW). He has experience working for broadcast and print media. He covers News, documentaries, and current affairs and Read morewrites in-depth analyses, media research, and consultancy work.
Languages
Amharic English Turkish
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
+19
Skills
Risk Analysis Politics Natural Disasters
+25

Mitiku Fekadu

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Mitiku Fekadu is a journalist based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I am a responsible and committed journalist who displays an ability to write Balanced, informative and interesting stories that give all involved parties an Opportunity to have their say. A quick learner who can absorb new ideas and can Read morecommunicate clearly and effectively. Possessing excellent bonding skills and an enquiring mind that helps to win over the confidence of people. Multi skilled with a ability to build strong working relationships with fellow investigators, photographers, columnists and news editors. 

CAREER HISTORY
Oromia Radio and Television. (OBN) 
JOURNALIST - March 1, 2012 - August 30, 2014
Working as a Radio reporter as part of a team of producer, providing full
Coverage of social, political and economic events.

Oromia Broadcasting Service (OBS TV).
JOURNALIST - January 1, 2015 -September, 2016.
Working as program producer.

MO’AA Television (Mo’aa TV)
Program Manager and Producer — October, 2016-Augest, 2017

Oromia Broadcasting Service (OBS TV). –September, 2018 –June 25, 2020.
              Program producer
Ethiopian News Agency (ENA):- June 26, 2020---- August o6, 2020
            Program producer for online media.
European Center for Electoral Support (ECES):- --March 25, 2021---to now 
 Media Monitor Expert.

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

HIGHER EDUCATION:

Mekelle University: 2009/10 - 2010/11
I Obtained a BA degree in Journalism and Communication.

SENIOR RESEARCH TITLE:
“A STUDY ON AUDIENCE SATISFACTION WITH ETHIOPIAN
TELEVISION ON PROGRAM OF ETHIOPIAN PARLIAMENT."

JUNIOR AND SECONDARY EDUCATION:

2007/8__2008/9:Nekemte Comprehensive school Grade 11-12, Nekemte.
2005/6__2006/7:Nekemte high school Grade 9 -10 , Nekemte.
1996/97__2003/4: Shambu Junior and Secondary School Grade 1-8.
Languages
Amharic Oromo
Services
Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast) Vox Pop
+8
Skills
Entertainment & Celebrity Fact Checking Natural Disasters
+13

Mohamed Abdirehman Gata

Jijiga, Ethiopia
Mohamed Abdirehman Gata is a journalist based in Jijiga, Ethiopia.
Languages
Amharic English Somali
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
+6
Skills
Business Politics Breaking News
+3

Yikunoamlak Mulugeta

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Yikunoamlak Mulugeta is a TV and Film Producer and Director based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He has produced different entertainment and thought provoking features for local tv stations in the country.
Languages
Amharic English Tigrinya
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast) Vox Pop
+15
Skills
Breaking News Food & Drink Finance
+24

Meleskachew Amiha

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Meleskachew Amiha is a journalist based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Maya Misikir

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Maya Misikir is a seasoned freelance journalist based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with a rich background in both print and broadcast media, including radio and television. Her work primarily focuses on Ethiopian politics, civil rights, and social issues, and she is known for her insightful coverage Read moreof current affairs for Voice of America (VOA). In addition to her reporting for VOA, Maya contributes in-depth analysis to various other publications, demonstrating her versatility and commitment to thorough journalism.

Her reporting has shed light on the progress and challenges of women's political participation in Ethiopia, delving into the roles that societal norms and institutional support play in achieving gender parity and empowerment. Maya's dedication to civil rights is evident in her work, which often explores the intersection of politics and social justice.

Maya's journalistic expertise extends to covering significant events such as the Ethiopian civil war, where she has reported on the peace agreement and the disarmament of Tigrayan forces. She has also examined the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Tigray conflict on Ethiopia's tourism industry, highlighting the country's efforts to rejuvenate this sector through cultural events like the Epiphany festival. Her comprehensive reporting provides audiences with a nuanced understanding of the complexities facing Ethiopia today.
Languages
Amharic English
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
+9
Skills
Current Affairs Fact Checking Breaking News
+1

Zecharias Zelalem

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Zecharias Zelalem is a journalist focusing on Ethiopian affairs and the Horn of Africa as a whole.
Languages
Amharic English French
Services
Content Writing Investigative Journalism Interview (Print / Radio / Podcast)
+1
Skills
Sports Fact Checking Politics
+1

Andualem Sisay Gessesse

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Andualem Sisay Gessesse is a journalist based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
I am an Ethiopian journalist with over a decade of experience in media and communications consultancy. I completed my study in Media and Communications in 2005. Since then, I have been working for several local and Read moreinternational media. 

Some of the local and international publications I worked with and is now contributing for includes: Capital newspaper of Ethiopia, The East African newspaper, www.Africareview.com, Daily Nation of Kenya, The Citizen of Tanzania, Daily Monitor of Uganda, www.newBusinessEthiopia.com, Africa Renewal of the United Nations and www.GeminiNews.org of Canada, among others. 

In 2011, I won Excellence in Journalism Award by the Ethiopian Foreign Correspondent Association in English language category. I worked for 10 months in Uganda as development reporter under fk Norway exchange program sponsored by the Norwegian Government. 

My global reporting and training travels includes: Tokyo, Japan; Stuttgart, Germany; Rome, Italy; Hilversum, The Netherlands; Delhi, India; Marrakech, Morocco; Johannesburg, South Africa; Maputo, Mozambique; Djibouti, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Kampala, Uganda and Nairobi, Kenya.

Currently in addition to www.newBusinessEthiopia.com, which I launched in 2009, I am working as resident correspondent journalist for NATION Media Group of Kenya from Ethiopia. 

As independent media and communication consultant, I have also worked for international organizations such as, UNFPA Ethiopia office (United Nations Population Fund), Kifiya Financial Technology, Techno Brain Ethiopia and Starbucks and Microsoft East and South Africa wing through the PR firm - Bertolli & Associates of Kenya.

In addition to media, I have also done researches and investigative reports for international institutions, such as Global Integrity, Devex, World Wide Web Foundation, Access Capital S.C. and many business intelligence firms from across the world.
Languages
Amharic English
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast) Feature Stories
+9
Skills
Fact Checking Business Natural Disasters
+12

Elias Gebreselassie

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Elias Gebreselassie is a journalist based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He works as a freelance reporter and contributor for Xinhua News Agency, Alertnet Climate Reuters, AlJazeera English online, AFP, New Humanitarian Mongabay and many other media outlets.
Languages
English
Services
Feature Stories Content Writing Corporate Content
+6
Skills
Fact Checking Risk Analysis Entertainment & Celebrity
+13
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