Hopewell Chin'ono

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Hopewell Chin'ono
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  • Journalist
  • Filmmaker
Known forPolitical Opinion, Documentaries

Hopewell Chin'ono is a Zimbabwean journalist and documentary film maker. He has won numerous awards in journalism and has worked in both print and broadcasting journalism.Hopewell did a fellowship at Harvard as part of winning the CNN African journalist of the year.


Hopewell is an acclaimed award-winning Documentary Film Maker and is an ITV News Africa Field Producer and The New York Times Zimbabwe foreign correspondent. He trained as a journalist at the Zimbabwean Institute of Mass Communications before going to City University's Journalism school in London, England. He obtained a Master of Arts degree in International Journalism and then worked with the BBC World Service as a freelance producer.

In 2003 he returned to Zimbabwe and worked for the BBC as a freelance correspondent.He won a British Government Chevening scholarship to read film at Brunel University, where he obtained a Master of Arts degree in Documentary Practice in 2007.

He returned to Zimbabwe again in 2007 and made a multi-award-winning documentary film called Pain in my Heart.The documentary Pain in my Heart won the 2008 CNN African Journalist of the year award,[1]2008 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Award and the Kaiser Family Foundation Award for Excellence in HIV/AIDS Reporting in Africa after making Pain in my Heart he set up Television International in Zimbabwe, a production house that produced news for ITN and South Africa's e.tv. He has also worked with CNN International as a field producer.

In 2008 he went to the University of Oxford Saïd Business School and was awarded a Fellowship in Leadership. Hopewell is a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, the third Zimbabwean journalist of only three Zimbabwean journalists to win the prestigious Fellowship after the late Mark Chavunduka and Geoff Nyarota. In 2009 he was the winner of the US Aid Communication award in Zimbabwe for his HIV and Aids Reporting. In 2010 he was nominated for a Rory Peck television award for his documentary film A Violent Response. A Violent Response was also nominated for a 2010 BANFF World Television Award in Canada.

Hopewell Rugoho-Chin'ono is currently a television producer for UK's ITV News, which is part of the Independent Television News Group and the Zimbabwe Foreign Correspondent for The New York Times. He worked as South Africa's eNCA foreign correspondent and producer in Zimbabwe from February 2008 to April 2014. He is a multi-skilled television journalist who does Correspondence, Producing, Camera and Editing work.


  1. [1], Zimbabwe journalist wins CNN award , Published: 23 July 2008, Retrieved: 14 December 2017