Hopewell Rugoho-Chin'onoHopewell Rugoho-Chin'ono


Zimbabwe, Harare

 

Occupational Information


Occupation: Television Journalist, Foreign Correspondent and Documentary Film Maker

Occupational Position: Foreign Correspondent at The New York Times

Projects


Documenting developmental projects for international organisations.

Professional History


Hopewell trained as a journalist at the Zimbabwean Institute of Mass Communications before going to City University's Journalism school in London, England. He obtained a Master of Arts degree in International Journalism and then worked with the BBC World Service as a freelance radio producer. In 2003 he returned to his native Zimbabwe to work for the BBC as a freelance correspondent. He won a British Government Chevening scholarship to go and read film at Brunel University where he obtained a Master of Arts degree in Documentary Practice in 2007. He returned to Zimbabwe in 2007 and made a multi award winning documentary film called Pain in my Heart.

Pain in my Heart won the 2008 CNN African Journalist of the year award and the Kaiser Family Foundation Award for Excellence in HIV/AIDS Reporting in Africa. After making Pain in my Heart, he set up Television International in Zimbabwe, a production house which produced news for ITN and South Africa's eTV. He has also worked with CNN International as a field producer. Hopewell is a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, the third Zimbabwean journalist of only three Zimbabwean journalists to win the prestigious Fellowship. In 2009 he was the winner of the US Aid Communication award in Zimbabwe for his HIV and Aids Reporting.

In 2010 he was nominated for a Rory Peck television award for his documentary film A Violent Response. A Violent Response was also nominated for a 2010 BANFF World Television Award in Canada. He currently is a field television producer for UK's ITV News which is part of the Independent Television News Group. He worked as South Africa's eNCA foreign correspondent and producer in Zimbabwe from February 2008 to April 2014. He is a multi-skilled television journalist who does correspondence, producing, camera and editing.

He also won professional awards and for the  documentary film in 2013 for Fearless: Beatrice Mtetwa & the Rule of Law. It was co-Produced with Lorie Conway The documentary film looks at the life and works of Beatrice Mtetwa, Zimbabwe

Qualifications


Nieman Fellowship in Journalism from Harvard University
Master of Arts degree in Documentary Film Practice from Brunel University on a Chevening Scholarship in the UK
Master of Arts degree in International Journalism from City University, London, UK
Post-grad Diploma in Mass Communications from the Zimbabwe Institute in Mass Communications, majoring in print journalism.

Programs


2008 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

Featured News

Charles Sidambe
01 June 2018

A strong group of Tutu Fellows have worked tirelessly and volunteered their time in the production of the forthcoming  Africa Innovation Summit which will take place from June 6-8, 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda. The patrons of the event are President Paul Kagame and the former President of Cabo Verde, Pedro Pires.  The 2018 Summit will be a multifaceted event that will bring together stakeholders from various sectors, including decision-makers to seek innovative and disruptive solutions for the challenges facing African countries.

Norman Smit
01 June 2018

By day, 2015 Tutu Fellow Wiebe Boer is an impact investor who works with partners to increase access to commercial energy products and services.  By night - or in his spare time - he is a Nigerian football historian. 

Dr Wiebe Boer's latest work on Nigerian football, a book titled The History of Football In Nigeria - A story of Heroes and Epics, is to launch in Lagos on 10 June 2018.  It's been favorably reviewed by no less than Aliko Dangote, the President and CEO of the Dangote Group. 

Norman Smit
31 May 2018

2017 Tutu Fellow Stacey Brewer will be opening her 16th educational facility in 2019 in Witpoortjie, South Africa. Stacey is the co-founder of SPARK Schools, an independent school network that she started in 2012 with Ryan Harrison. They believed that an innovative approach could disrupt the crisis in South African education and dedicated themselves to creating a new model that would provide access to high quality education for all.  The network keeps school fees as low as possible. Despite this, the network has schools rated among the top 10 private schools in Johannesburg.

Charles Sidambe
31 May 2018

Tutu Fellow Hopewell Chin’ono, is set to premiere a new documentary film entitled State of Mind in Harare in June 2018. The film by the award-winning Zimbabwean journalist and documentary filmmaker highlights an untold story of how Zimbabweans address mental illness in their communities.

State of Mind will launch in Harare with an introduction by Graca Machel.

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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is unique among leadership initiatives in that it focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.

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