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.

Jul 2018
BLOG 08:20am, Jul 19, 2018
[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, ...

Mar 2017
INVESTIGATIVE 10:03pm, Mar 08, 2017
Lascañas to Duterte: Killing 'not the ultimate solution'

MANILA, Philippines – Retired Davao policeman and whistle-blower Arturo “Arthur” Lascañas has a message for President Rodrigo Duterte: there is a God and killing is not the ultimate solution. In an ...

Jan 2017
INVESTIGATIVE 05:36pm, Jan 26, 2017
Inside Martin Andanar's man cave

MANILA, Philippines – Ever heard of Martin’s Mancave Lifecast? It’s a podcast on Facebook that features no less than the Secretary of the Presidential Communications Office (PCO), Martin ...

Nov 2016
THOUGHT LEADERS 04:00pm, Nov 11, 2016
#InspireCourage: Tempered rage, courage in journalism

Many decades ago, I already knew I wanted to be a journalist. I wanted to write, capture in words critical, historic events, and describe as best I could important people who were making a ...

Oct 2016
INVESTIGATIVE 10:04am, Oct 09, 2016
Fake accounts, manufactured reality on social media

Part 3 Read Part 1: Propaganda war: Weaponizing the internet Read Part 2: How Facebook algorithms impact democracy MANILA, Philippines – Create false perceptions. This is what a network of combined ...

Sep 2016
IN-DEPTH 04:02pm, Sep 27, 2016
Edgar Matobato: Liar or truth-teller?

MANILA, Philippines – He’s either a shameless, well-trained prevaricator, a repentant truth-teller, or someone caught in between. 57-year-old Edgar Matobato appeared twice before partisan senators ...

Aug 2016
NEWSBREAK RICH MEDIA 10:00am, Aug 09, 2016
Joseph Ocol: Former whistle-blower now producing chess champs

MANILA, Philippines – From whistle-blower in the Philippines to teacher who has produced chess champions in Chicago. Over a decade ago, Joseph Ocol was running scared for his life. Then head ...

Jun 2016
IN-DEPTH 08:00am, Jun 27, 2016
Aquino's letdowns, Duterte's promise

MANILA, Philippines – When Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III was swept to the presidency in 2010, it was an emotional nation that wanted to tell his predecessor Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in no uncertain ...

Mar 2016
FLASHBACK 05:04pm, Mar 23, 2016
Gambling on politics

Editor's Note: This story was first published in April 2001 in Newsbreak Magazine. It's worth revisiting given the recent alliance between the administration's Roxas-Robredo tandem and the Pinedas ...

PHILIPPINES 02:20pm, Mar 10, 2016
VP Binay liable for graft and corruption – COA

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential candidate and Vice President Jejomar Binay is administratively liable for grave misconduct, dishonesty and gross inexcusable negligence, graft and corrupt ...