Dayo Aiyetan an investigative journalist, media trainer and newsroom mentor. He is also the founder and Executive Director of the International Center for Investigative Reporting, ICIR, Abuja. He was a Senior Associate Editor and Abuja Bureau Chief at TELL Magazine until May 2010 when he resigned to set up the Center. A 1986 graduate of Theatre Arts/English from the University of Ibadan, he started his journalism career in 1989 as a Features Writer with Sketch Newspapers, Ibadan. He also worked in Concord Group of Newspapers, where he covered Politics, and TELL where he was at different times Head of BOB (Back of the Book), Head of Politics Desk, Head of Business Desk and Abuja Bureau Chief.
All this time he also acted as the chief anchor of TELL’s investigative reporting unit. A highly committed professional, through his investigative projects, he has helped to expose corrupt politicians and highly placed government officials. In August 2009, Aiyetan participated in the International Visitors Leadership program sponsored by the United States State Department. In October 2010 he returned to Washington DC as a fellow at the International Forum for Democratic Studies at the National Endowment for Democracy, NED. His presentation was on “Combating Corruption in Nigeria: The Promise of Investigative Reporting”.
In 2017, he became the first African to be win the prestigious Knight Wallace Journalism Fellowship at the University of Michigan. Aiyetan is a member of the Investigative Reporters and Editors, IRE, based in the United States.