Global Press Announces High-Powered, All-Women Team to Lead Africa Bureaus

March 30, 2023


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Global Press Expands African Team with Lillian Aluanga and Ciku Kimeria

Washington, DC  – Global Press Journal (GPJ), the award-winning news division of international media organization Global Press, has named Lillian Aluanga and Ciku Kimeria to top editorial positions. These new staffers are the latest well-respected national and international journalists to leave major media brands to join Global Press’s non-profit team, including the hires of Shante Cosme as Chief Content Officer and Celia Wu as Managing Director of Global Press News Services. 

Aluanga joins Global Press as regional editor for Africa after seventeen years at the Standard Group, where she held a variety of reporting and editing roles, most recently as Continuity Editor, Converged Newsroom. A winner of the CNN Africa Journalist of the Year award for her health reporting, she has also been a nominee and finalist  for fellowships including Arizona State’s Hubert H. Humphrey fellowship, and the Knight Science Journalism program at MIT. She will manage regional coverage of Africa, which includes twenty reporters across Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Aluanga will also lead Global Press Journal’s team of reporters in Haiti. 

Kimeria joins Global Press this week as a story editor on the Africa team. She was most recently Editor of Quartz Africa, where she reported on topics from the perils of traveling with an African passport to Africa’s first NFT art collections. She has also written for African Arguments, OkayAfrica, and The Africa Report

“We’re thrilled to add these incredible editors to the ranks of the distinguished journalists on the Global Press team,” said Shanté Cosme, Global Press’ Chief Content Officer. “As a growing independent news source, we believe that local women journalists are the best, most proximate storytellers to report news of their communities to an international audience. Bringing highly experienced editors like Lillian Aluanga and Ciku Kimeria onboard is essential to our team’s growth and success.”

Aluanga and Kimeria will join Ndinda Kioko, a long-time Global Press Journal editor, as part of the all-women leadership team based in Nairobi. Global Press Journal reporters across the region have recently reported on crucial issues from the use of mercury in gold mining in Zimbabwe to press freedom issues in Uganda and a shortage of a traditional medicine ingredient in the DRC.

“I feel honored and excited to join the Global Press team as regional editor for Africa,” said Aluanga. “I look forward to working with this exceptional multicultural team in telling impactful stories to create global awareness on issues affecting communities across the world.”

About Global Press: Global Press builds and maintains independent news bureaus in some of the world's least-covered places. Each bureau is staffed by local women journalists who live in the communities they cover. Global Press reporters specialize in producing high-quality news that increases access to accurate information for both local and international readers.

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Lillian Aluanga, Ciku Kimeria and Ndinda Kioko, Global Press Africa Team.