ABC News Adds 2 Multi-Platform Reporters

By Brian Flood 

Moton-KennethABC News has added Bazi Kanani and Kenneth Moton to its Washington-based reporting team. Kanani and Moton join Karen Travers, Mary Bruce and Stephanie Ramos as part of the team that reports across a variety of ABC TV, radio and digital platforms.

Kanani is an award-winning reporter who was previously based in Africa as an ABC digital journalist. Moton comes from ABC’s Philadelphia affiliate and has spent time as a reporter, producer and editor.

TVNewser obtained the following email that D.C. bureau chief and This Week with George Stephanopoulos EP Jonathan Greenberger sent to his staff:

DC Team –

Several weeks ago we announced Karen Travers, Mary Bruce and Stephanie Ramos would be part of our inaugural group of multi-platform reporters here in DC. Today, I’m very pleased to announce that Bazi Kanani and Kenneth Moton will be joining the team, reporting on breaking stories, news of day and features for all platforms, including television, radio, digital and social media. Using immersive storytelling and the newest technology, they will draw on their years of domestic and international experience to create original content.

The multi-platform reporters complement our ongoing initiative to unify the D.C. Bureau around content-based teams instead of platform-specific teams. Investing in these journalists will contribute to the incredibly well-sourced Global Affairs Team, Pennsylvania Avenue Team, Transportation/Regulation/Consumer Team, Justice Team and General Assignment Team.

Bazi Kanani is an experienced journalist whose reporting has taken her around the world. Bazi joined ABC News in 2011 as a digital journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. While in Africa, Bazi covered the biggest stories on the continent. From Mali, she reported on U.S. military assistance for the battle against Islamist extremists. Her reporting from Niger on a severe drought and hunger crisis was recognized with a 2013 Gracie Allen award. In northern Uganda, she interviewed former child soldiers who escaped the forces of infamous warlord Joseph Kony.

Kenneth Moton joins us from our powerhouse Philadelphia station WPVI, where he was a general assignment reporter. Kenneth is a skilled reporter, producer and editor. As a reporter for WPVI he covered major stories including Superstorm Sandy, the Amtrak train derailment and the Penn State child sex abuse scandal. Before reporting for WPVI Kenneth was a general assignment reporter at WFTV in Orlando, where he reported on a variety of local stories including exposing a local police chief who had used falsified college degrees to increase his paycheck, leading to the filing of criminal charges and his resignation. Before Orlando, Kenneth spent two years at News 14 Carolina in Raleigh, where he covered the Duke Lacrosse rape case. Kenneth’s career began in his home state of South Carolina, where he worked for WIS and then WLTX as a reporter, editor and producer.

Please join me in welcoming these two exemplary journalists to the team.