CNN Profiles - David McKenzie - International correspondent
David McKenzie is an award-winning international correspondent for CNN based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
During his reporting career, McKenzie has reported from more than 30 African countries and brings that deep experience to his reporting on the continent.
McKenzie has reported on some of Africa's most significant and talked about stories recently including the Garissa University attack in Kenya, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and the death of South African icon Nelson Mandela.
Most recently, McKenzie was CNN's Beijing-based correspondent. He was one of the first reporters to cover the mysterious disappearance of flight MH370 and spent weeks with Chinese families trying to get closure on their loved ones.
In 2015, he gained exclusive access to China's space program for a CNN International special: Inside Space City.
From dissidents under house arrest, to internet shopaholics, McKenzie has reported on the breadth of the Chinese experience for CNN's global audience.
McKenzie returns to Africa after a earlier stint based in Nairobi, Kenya.
McKenzie was the first international reporter to gain access to Sudan's controversial oil fields to report on alleged pollution and was one of the first foreign correspondents to uncover the threat of piracy off the coast of Somalia.
Since joining CNN, McKenzie has interviewed many high-profile personalities and leaders including Nobel Prize winners Wangari Maathai and Desmond Tutu, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda.
In 2011, McKenzie investigated the plight of the mentally ill in Kenya for CNN's documentary series "World's Untold Stories." The program's broadcast resulted in domestic and international human rights groups calling for government intervention. The matter was brought to the attention of the Kenyan government, who called for change; and the documentary, "Locked Up and Forgotten," won the Amnesty International Media Awards in the "International Television and Radio" category. In the same year, he won a National Headliner award for his contribution to reporting on Somalia's deadly famine. McKenzie was also part of Peabody award-winning teams during the Haiti earthquake and Libyan uprising.
An avid sports fan, McKenzie was a crucial part of CNN's World Cup 2010 coverage as he traveled thousands of miles across South Africa to take the pulse of the country.
McKenzie's career started in New York as a freelance producer and writer for international broadcasters and newsgathering organizations including ABC News, BBC and Reuters. He joined CNN from UNICEF, where he served as a correspondent and producer with their Africa Services Unit, covering stories on the instability in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the humanitarian crisis in Darfur.
McKenzie graduated from Duke University with degrees in Public Policy and Psychology and received a Masters in Journalism from New York University, where he was on a full scholarship (Broadcast and Knight Foundation Scholarship).
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