Michelle Abad is a writer and researcher for Newsbreak, the investigative and research arm of Rappler. She writes about overseas Filipinos, as well as women, children, and gender rights. Michelle has also helped cover the coronavirus pandemic, and the 2022 presidential campaign of Vice President Leni Robredo. She produces TikTok video explainers to help readers make sense of the news.
Michelle first joined Rappler as an intern in 2018, when she was editor-in-chief of The GUIDON, Ateneo de Manila University's official student publication. Michelle graduated with a degree in communication and an honorable mention. She was also awarded a Raul Locsin Award for Student Journalism for explanatory journalism.
In 2021, her story on abused sex workers became a finalist for the Society of Publishers in Asia award for Excellence in Reporting on Women’s Issues. The following year, her investigative piece on sexual harassment in a Catholic school became a finalist for the Lasallian Scholarum Awards’ Outstanding Online Feature Story on the Youth and Education category.
Michelle is mentored by strong women. She dreams of seeing all women sufficiently empowered, adequately protected, and on equal footing with other genders.