Verah Okeyo is one of the data journalism grantees winners in the Microsoft News grant program in collaboration with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), using the opportunity to learn more about child mortality rates in Kenya. It is a topic she often covers as a health care reporter for The Nation, the largest daily independent newspaper in Kenya.
Journalists Ruth Olurounbi and Kelechukwu Iruoma, chosen by Microsoft News and the International Center for Journalists for an ICFJ Alumni Reporting Grant, focus their work, emphasizing immersive storytelling. The duo is investigating how the contamination has affected the health of those who live in Ogoniland. Previous studies have linked oil spills to cancer, childhood malnutrition and low fertility, among other health problems.