A number of journalists shared news of her passing which occurred on Wednesday, March 17.
“Just got the news that we have lost another media colleague, former NTV news anchor Winnie Mukami. Condolences to her family and friends as she rests,” Radio Africa Group Editor Oliver Mathenge wrote.
Mukami became a household name in 2003 when she anchored NTV News when it was launched. She had started her career journey at KBC as a TV and radio current affairs presenter and producer two years earlier.
It is while working at Nation Media Group that her star shone and she was often compared with top anchors such as Katherine Kasavuli, Swaleh Mdoe, Sophie Ikenye, and Louis Otieno amongst others.
In a previous interview, the ex-news anchor narrated that her most memorable TV experience was during the 2007 PEV when she had to be in the studio the whole day reporting on the news as it unraveled.
“I remember how a couple of my colleagues at some point could not make it to work as they were stranded in their homes as a result of the chaos across the country,” recollected Mukami.
She also broke the news when President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy William Ruto were implicated in the violence and were to face charges at the International Criminal Court.
In 2010, Mukami left the station and founded her own public relations consultancy known as Winners Frontiers International Limited.
“Having worked in Broadcast Industry for over eight years, I bring valuable experience acquired from the industry to our various Clients at Winners Frontiers,” part of her Linked-in account read.
In 2018, she was appointed to the board of Kenya Pipeline Company for a period of three years by then Petroleum Secretary John Munyes
Prior to her stellar career in media and government, Mukami revealed that she used to hawk uji (porridge) to construction workers before she secured formal employment.
Winnie Mukami told a local publication that she would walk around Kitengela looking for construction sites where she would sell her porridge.
She used the meager earnings from the business to support her parents and three siblings.