‘Express’ welcomes reporters Gumbs and Renne to staff
Ace investigative reporters Anika Gumbs and Denyse Renne have joined the Express investigative team of reporters from today.
Both reporters, along with Public Affairs editor Dr Sheila Rampersad, on July 10 resigned from the Guardian citing political interference at the paper.
Dr Rampersad has since returned to the Express as a fortnightly columnist on Fridays.
Gumbs, who began her journalism career at the TNT Mirror in 2000, began working at the Trinidad Guardian South Bureau in 2008.
She was later promoted to the Guardian’s Sunday Desk in Port of Spain and then to the Investigative Desk.
She was named Guardian’s Journalist of the Year for two consecutive years in 2010 and 2011. Gumbs attended San Fernando Senior Comprehensive School and is currently pursuing a BSc in Management Studies at The University of the West Indies (UWI).
Renne, who had broken the story of Reshmi Ramnarine to the Security Intelligence Agency (SIA) in January 2011 said yesterday she was “happy and excited for the opportunity to once again work at the Express and moreso, the Caribbean Communications Network”.
Renne has 11 years media experience in both in print and television.
She started her journalism career at the TNT Mirror and then moved to The Wire newspaper.
When The Wire ceased publication, Renne started at the Guardian newspaper as a Junior Reporter and within a year was promoted to Senior Reporter.
She left the Guardian and came to the Express in September 2006 following which she had a short stint at Newsday in 2012 and then took up a position at Guardian Media Limited as Head of the Investigative Desk and Current Affairs. Renne has an MA in Communications, Media and Public Relations, certificates in Basic Journalism and Ethics from the Commonwealth Press Union and Communication Arts from UWI Open Campus.
Express readers can now look forward to explosive investigate reports from Gumbs and Renne as they pursue their journalism careers free from fear and interference at the country’s number one media house.
The Express welcomes them both to its investigative team of reporters.