Ms Jillo Kadida is the Chief reporter for The Star newspaper in Kenya. Her main beat is covering court cases and issues touching on human rights. Jillo whose career was born out of her passion for human rights, has done stories highlighting plights of minority groups such as intersex, refugees and internally displaced persons. In 2009 she won David Astor Journalism Award. The award came with opportunity to work for three months at Mail&Guardian in South Africa. Between 2003 and 2011 she worked for East Africa’s biggest newspaper Daily Nation as a reporter with bias for legal and human right issues.
Currently she is the Chief Court reporter with The Star newspaper in Kenya which she joined in June 2011. Apart from writing stories she manages and heads a team of six court reporters on daily basis. She was born in Sololo, a remote village which lies at the boarder of Ethiopia and Kenya. Her love for journalism was birthed when she first visited Nairobi in 1999 which exposed her to TV and newspapers. This is when she discovered that journalism is a powerful tool in fighting for human rights and decided to pursue it. She studied print and radio journalism at Magenta Training Institute.