A Kenyan named spokesperson of Ivy League Princeton University
Princeton University names Kenyan-American spokesperson of the New Jersey Ivy League university. Martin Mbugua, who has an undergraduate in Journalism from St. John’s University, has more than 17 years of professional experience in mass media and university communications.
Princeton University has appointed Martin Mbugua, a Kenyan-American journalist and former New York Daily News reporter, primary spokesperson for the university.
Mbugua, who has an undergraduate in Journalism from St. John’s University, has more than 17 years of professional experience in mass media and university communications. In his role at Princeton, Mbugua will liaise between the New Jersey Ivy League institution and media outlets around the world.
“Martin brings with him deep expertise working in media in this country and abroad,” said Director of News and Editorial Services Cass Cliatt. “Building on an accomplished career as a newspaper reporter in Kenya and New York City, he developed a proven track record in higher education for effective strategic communications, cultivating strong relationships and creative problem-solving. Martin’s contributions will be a true asset to the University community.”
Before joining Princeton earlier this month, Mbugua was the communications and marketing manager for the Murphy Institute at the City University of New York.
Before that, he served as senior news editor for the University of Delaware, where he was a media spokesperson and was part of the news planning and management team for UDaily, an online university news site for students.
From 1998 to 2004, Mbugua worked at the New York Daily News. He managed crime and New York City Police Department news reporting, handling a steady flow of breaking news stories. While in that role, he was part of a reporting team nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in recognition of superior first-day reporting of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and the events that followed.
Mbugua holds an MBA from the University of Delaware and another Masters in Government from St. Johns University. He also served as a U.S. based freelance correspondent for Kenyan newspapers – the Daily Nation and the Standard in Nairobi
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