Hopewell Rugoho Chingono is an award winning Documentary filmmaker and award winning journalist and has worked for global media institutions like itv and the NewYork Times.
Hopewell trained as a journalist at the Zimbabwean Institute of Mass Communications before getting his first post graduate Master of Arts degree in International Journalist from City University’s Journalism school in London, England.
After graduating from City University he worked with the BBC World Service as a freelance radio producer and in 2003 he returned to his native Zimbabwe to work for the BBC as a freelance correspondent.
In 2007 He won a British Government Chevening scholarship in 2006 to read film at Brunel University, where he obtained a Master of Arts degree in Documentary Practice.
He returned to Zimbabwe in 2007 and made a multi-award-winning documentary film called “Pain In My Heart” which won the 2008 CNN African Journalist of the year award.
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 on special assignments.
Hopewell Rugoho-Chin’ono was the television producer for UK’s ITV News, which is part of the Independent Television News Group and the Zimbabwe Foreign Correspondent for The NewYork 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.
In September 2018 he was named in a fake scholarship scam that targeted the Graca Machel Trust with letters bearing his name and signature being used to cheat unsuspecting applicants to the scholarship.
The Graca Machel Trust went on to issue a public warning repudiating any association with Chin’ono.
In 2020, Hopewell reported on alleged Covid 19 procurement fraud within the health ministry, which led to the arrest and sacking of Health Minister Obadiah Moyo.
It was President Emmerson Mnangagwa who fired Obadiah in July for “inappropriate conduct” over the $60 million medicines supply scandal.
On July 20, 2020, Hopewell was arrested and charged with inciting public violence.