DJ Daniel Lutaaya
Daniel Lutaaya has long been in journalism. Starting off at City Radio FM, Life TV and Galaxy FM before landing a position with WBS Television’s morning flavor show for over three years before Kwese TV fired him and Kin Karrisa offered him employment on NBS TV.
Early Life and Education
Geoffrey Lutaaya, more commonly known by his stage name DJ Daniel, was born in Mitti Ebiri Kakuuto of Rakai District and attended Mitti Ebiri Primary School as part of his early education. Later attending Kololo High School but failing to pass his O-Level exams due to music commitments. Finally accepted to Makerere Day and Evening School for Adults on Sir Apollo Kagwa Road in Kampala where he studied journalism while simultaneously accruing media experience before moving onto WBS Television and Kwese TV before embarking upon his music career path.
Achievement and Honors
Energy and extractives category winner showcased, through engaging storytelling and strong sourcing, how natural resource extraction affects environmental issues such as land tenure or governance issues. Their entry was truly outstanding in 2020.
Political and Power Reporting was marked by political jostling and rapidly-evolved power dynamics, making for an exciting category to cover. The winning entry excelled by clearly and objectively reporting these trends with clarity.
The Data Journalism Award recognizes outstanding investigations and reports that highlight the significance of data in everyday life, our economy and public finance. This year’s winning article, by Jonan Tusingwire and Felix Basiime of InfoNile (‘Covid-19 Complicates Politics in Uganda’). Lydia Nabakoza, Sswaliki Ssali and Hassan Wasswa of NBS Television were runners-up for their report entitled ‘Kilembe Mines are Rich but Poor”.
Daniel Lutaya made headlines recently with his announcement of leaving Next Media over its offer of an attractive package. The journalist and presenter had worked at their Naguru based station for four years but is reportedly refusing to heed pleas from CEO Kin Kariisa to remain.
He began his journalism career at a city radio FM, then worked at Life TV and Galaxy FM before landing a job at WBS Television where he spent over three years honing his skills as an on-screen journalist.
He is passionate about combating corruption in Uganda to promote international development, and has also initiated a community project involving the production of briquettes to improve lives in his region.
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