Chay F. Hofileña


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Chay is head of Rappler's Investigative Desk – Newsbreak – and is in charge of training. Before joining Rappler, she was a contributing writer of Newsbreak Magazine and was one of its founding editors. She has written extensively on media issues and authored the book, "News for Sale: The Corruption and Commercialization of the Philippine Media (2004)," published by the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism. A philosophy major in college, she was drawn to journalism because it allowed her to write about stories that had the potential to make a difference.

She co-wrote with Miriam Grace Go the top-selling book on the 2010 Philippine presidential elections, "Ambition Destiny Victory: Stories from a Presidential Election (2011)." She has been the recipient of awards from the Jaime V Ongpin Awards for Excellence in Journalism.

Former director of the Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo, Chay also teaches Media Ethics at the graduate level, News Writing, and Investigative Journalism at the undergraduate level. She obtained her graduate degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism in New York.

In her spare time, Chay goes to the gym to run and lift some weights. When she had more time, she used to regularly attend yoga classes until injuries got in the way. In her next life, she aspires to be a yoga teacher whose only remaining vice is coffee.

Oct 2019
RAPPLER NEWSLETTERS 02:00pm, Oct 23, 2019
Will we have a new VP?

Political camps were on tenterhooks awaiting the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) on the electoral protest filed by vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos against Vice President ...

INSIDE TRACK 05:28pm, Oct 20, 2019
Supreme Court chief justice: Of leaks and faux pas

Was it a leak or an attempt to preempt the President? For the past few weeks, there had been wild speculations about who the next chief justice would be after the retirement of Lucas Bersamin from ...

RAPPLER NEWSLETTERS 11:16pm, Oct 16, 2019
When the High Court looks for compromises

This newsletter is late today because I decided to wait for the results of the Supreme Court (SC) decision on the electoral protest filed by Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo. Prior ...

TRAVEL 08:30am, Oct 15, 2019
Temple runs in Siem Reap

SIEM REAP, Cambodia – Compared to the capital city of Phnom Penh, Siem Reap is much less harried, definitely more peaceful, and simply beautiful. A mix of Buddhism and Hinduism influenced what this ...

RAPPLER NEWSLETTERS 07:33pm, Oct 09, 2019
China's expansion

Hello from Siem Reap in northwestern Cambodia, where I’m taking a quick leave. While chatting with a local here, I was told about how the complexion of Sihanoukville in the southwestern coast of the ...

RAPPLER NEWSLETTERS 05:26pm, Oct 02, 2019
Why investigations are important

Please indulge me as I share with you the most recent victory we had in Hamburg at the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) conference last September 28. Our team, led by multimedia ...

Sep 2019
RAPPLER NEWSLETTERS 12:56pm, Sep 25, 2019
Guess who's on Viber?

This is not to say they never really talk, it's just that distance and their own respective problems probably make it more challenging for metro mayors to go out of their way and reach out to one ...

RAPPLER NEWSLETTERS 01:14pm, Sep 18, 2019
Martial Law again?

I was in elementary school when Martial Law was declared in September 1972, quite oblivious to the danger that it posed and perhaps even shielded from its ugly adjuncts that came not long after. But ...

Jun 2019
BLOG 02:37pm, Jun 07, 2019
[OPINION] Why you should care about truth-seekers

“Chisms” was the concocted name of a bar-café that we, a group of journalists, imagined owning while shooting the breeze many moons ago. We fantasized it would be a watering hole of newshounds, ...

May 2019
BLOG 06:00pm, May 14, 2019
[OPINION] #PHVote 2019: Of upsets and surprises

This is a #PHVote newsletter sent to subscribers on May 14, 2019. I'm Chay Hofileña, editor of Newsbreak. Voting in the country, with just a few exceptions, ended at 6 pm on Monday, May 13. There ...