From a Kenya newspaper correspondent to heading an Ivy League media team


Martin Mbugua is the new Assistant Vice President of Communications at Carnegie Mellon University, where he will coordinate outreach to local, national and international news media for coverage of the University, manage media inquiries and advise the campus community on media relations matters. Previously, Mbugua was the spokesman for the Ivy- league institution Princeton University.

Carnegie Mellon University, with 13,000 students, is substantially larger than Princeton University, which is home to 5,200 undergraduate students and 2,700 graduate students, according to the schools’ websites

Mbugua has an accomplished career as a newspaper reporter in Kenya and New York City, where he has developed a proven track record in higher education for effective strategic communications, cultivating strong relationships and creative problem-solving.

Mbugua has also served as communications and marketing manager for the Murphy Institute at the City University of New York, where he developed and managed a new communications and marketing strategy to support growth in enrollment, identify and reach new target groups, and enhance the national visibility of the institute.

From 2004 to 2010 he held the position of senior news editor for the University of Delaware, where he was a media spokesperson and was part of the news planning and management team for UDaily, an online university news site serving 20,000 students and a large external community. While there, Mbugua received the first-place award in the marketing campaign category of the 2010 Delaware Press Association communications contest for the website of the Delaware Environmental Institute and a related portal designed for students in kindergarten through high school.

Mbugua was a staff writer for the New York Daily News from 1998 to 2004, where he managed crime and New York City Police Department news reporting and covered a wide range of breaking news. While at the Daily News, he was part of a reporting team nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in the breaking news category in recognition of superior first-day reporting of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and the events that followed.

He also served as a freelance U.S. correspondent for the Daily Nation and the Standard newspapers in Nairobi, Kenya, from 1994 to 2006, covering news about Kenyans and their diaspora.

Mbugua holds a master of business administration from the University of Delaware and a master of arts in government, politics and international relations from St. John’s University, where he also earned a bachelor’s of science in journalism.