Terryanne Chebet is a Business Anchor at CCTV News, the English language international channel at China Central Television. She was until recently an Associate Editor & Business News Anchor at Citizen Television. Her role at Citizen TV was to create a strategy for the business desk in a fast changing media environment, as they continue to deliver an unrivalled business package.
She reports and anchors business news, covering business stories from across the African Continent, interviewing Business leaders, policy makers & CEO’s.
She has vast experience in reporting, scriptwriting, anchoring, producing & directing TV shows, having been recently nominated in two awards, Continentally; Diageo Africa Business Reporting Awards & the Kalasha Awards, Both for Best TV productions.
W had a few questions for her, and this this what she had to say :-
1. What was your first phone?
My first phone was an Alcatel easy touch. Bought it in 2003. It could call and text. 🙂 I didn’t remove the plastic film on the face for about one week. Mad excitement!
2. What do you prefer? Facebook or Twitter? Why?
Twitter. Itâ€™s the greatest invention for journalists after the typewriter; it brings the world and its movers to your handset. So much info in such a short time, virtually meeting amazing people. I got to interview President Paul Kagame through links on twitter. I find Facebook to be too intimate, its like a going home for christmas and catching up with friends you haven’t seen in years, so like Christmas, I’m not there too often.
3. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I’m a dreamer- where I am today I wouldn’t have imagined it 5 years ago. but wherever life takes me, I hope Iâ€™ll be in a happy place, and hopefully inspire more young women to focus on business reporting.
Itâ€™s an intense world where you get to meet and greet the worlds most successful people. If not for career growth, the least it can do for you is to get your monies and money knowledge in order: get organised, invest, save, plan ahead. It rubs off on you when you know how successful people get there. Its all about discipline, persistence, hard work and being a dreamer also helps.
On the home front 😉 My daughter will be 10 years old then, so maybe another addition or 3 to the brood;-)
4. Any question for us? (we will publish our answer as well)
Would you have your future told by a soothsayer?
No, but we would tell the soothsayer his future, no cash from us!
5. What would you do if you were president for a day?
I would make sure everyone has 3 well balanced meals for the day, and that kids have toys to play and books to read. I would also entrench policies that ensure food security. I would get mass rail in order and make it cheaper and safer for travel.
6. Whats your favourite book & movie?
My favourite book: “The coldest winter ever” by Sistah Souljah, couldn’t put it down, I’m now reading the sequel, ‘Midnight’. I’m terrible with movies, I hardly do big screen. Avatar was my second last. 😉 but Sin City and most recently Viva Riva are the winners in my books.
7. Who/What inspired you to do what you do now?
I always admired newsmen and women, but I didn’t give it much thought. I wanted to be a producer and film maker. But on the news reading front, Tony Msalame discovered me:-) while I had a stint on metro fm as a dawn news reader. David Makali was among the first people who encouraged me to pursue it. Wachira Waruru hired me as a news anchor at KBC in 2004.
I’m lucky to have people who believed in me when I was pretty young, and have guided me through it.
8. If you were to change jobs, what profession would you get into? Why?
I’d turn into a speck of something that would spend its days between Richard Branson’s board meetings and his limousine. I admire him immensely.
10. If you were deserted on an abandoned island what 5 things would you want to have?
A good book
Idris Elba 😉
11. If you were a car, what car would you like to be? Why?
Buggatti Veyron. Some cars are supposed to be driven off the ground. This one’s one of them. But hey, I dream!
12. If you could be in any band in the world, which one would you like to be in? Why?
I’d be a back up singer in Dan Chizi Aceda’s team. I play his (autographed) CD on the school run and drive to work every morning. My daughter sings along too 🙂
13. Anything interesting you’d like to share with our readers?
Before I ever did live TV on CNBC Africa, BBC’s Peter Ndoro told me ” If you know you should do something, but are worried about how its going to turn out, are anxious, or just scared, then you must do it. I live by that rule. I also make the best chicken in the world and I canâ€™t live in a house that has white walls.