About Us

News Diggers! is Zambia’s first multimedia publication focused on investigative journalism. It comprises a team of experienced journalists with a blend of new and dedicated talent eager to shape the art of digital journalism. As a growing democracy, Zambia needs a free and critical press to foster accountability and good governance. News Diggers! will help facilitate this as we have an ear to the ground.

JOSEPH MWENDA

Joseph MwendaJoseph (Editor-In-Chief) has over ten years experience in investigative reporting. He studied Newspaper management and Media Leadership at Rhodes University under the Sol Plaatje Institute in South Africa. He also studied Digital Journalism and Investigative Reporting at the International Academy of Journalism in Germany. As Deputy Managing Editor and News Editor at The Post Newspaper, Mwenda led a team of about 30 journalists, bringing investigative reporting skills at the apex of Zambian media. Mwenda helped bring out a number of corruption scandals and suspected electoral malpractices, exposés which later led to the closure of the newspaper weeks before a decisive general election in 2016. He led The Post newsroom until November 2, 2016 when the newspaper was liquidated.

Email: joseph [at] diggers [dot] news

MUKOSHA FUNGA

Mukosha FungaMukosha (News Editor) is an investigative journalist who is deeply passionate about good governance and accountability. She is a graduate of the University of Zambia with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and trained in Foreign Reporting at the University of Helsinki in Finland. Mukosha has been arrested several times due to her work in exposing corruption but has never been convicted, as she has either been acquitted or her cases failed to take off for lacking merit.

Email: mukosha [at] diggers [dot] news

CHARLES MAFA

Charles (Senior Reporter) is a multi-award winning investigative journalist and a 2016 Edward R. Murrow Fellow. He holds a Diploma (with Distinction) in Journalism and News writing from the London School of Journalism and numerous other professional certificates. He was Associate Editor and Environmental Columnist for the Bulletin and Record Magazine until its closure in 2016. Earlier, he was Production Manager for Catholic Media Services TV Studios and has also worked in radio.

Email: charles [at] diggers [dot] news

TENSON MKHALA

Tenson (Senior Reporter) is a versatile news reporter and brings on board a multiplicity of journalistic skills with a bias towards Photography. He studied Journalism and Public Relations at the Zambia Institute of Mass Communications (ZAMCOM) where he obtained a Diploma. Mkhala has worked in different media organisations including the Zambia Daily Mail, Yastani Radio, New Vision Newspapers and spent three years at The Post Newspaper.

Email: tenson [at] diggers [dot] news

MIRRIAM CHABALA

Mirriam is a determined journalist who is enthusiastic about the world of investigative reporting. After graduating from Copperstone University, she was attached to the Times of Zambia Newspaper where she shaped her career and immediately launched her pursuit for human-interest stories. Having Information Communication Technology qualifications enables Mirriam to delve in the News Diggers! business with an experienced hand on how to use technological tools necessary for journalism in the digital world.

Email: mirriam [at] diggers [dot] news

SIPILISIWE NCUBE

Sipilisiwe is an experienced journalist with a background in radio news gathering, writing and editing. She has a Diploma in Journalism from Evelyn Hone college of Applied Arts and Commerce. She previously worked for Komboni Radio for four years and had a brief stint at the Zambia Daily Mail soon after graduating from College.

Email: sipilisiwe [at] diggers [dot] news

ELIAS BANDA

Elias BandaElias who is our Web content manager and IT technician is a Communication Networks and Commutation Systems engineer whose proficiency is in Cisco software and network installations. Banda was trained at Southern Federal University in Russia and has experience in Information Communication Technology. He has since taken up web content management as an additional responsibility to his daily chores in his current occupation.

Email: elias [at] diggers [dot] news

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