Miriam Grace A. Go



After decades of pounding the beat and later doing investigative work, Miss Go thought in late 2010 that doing journalism part-time would be possible. She traded managing grant projects at Newsbreak for freelance work. Until the next elections came.

She helped direct #PHvote, Rappler’s coverage of the 2013 polls, as consultant, before she came on board as news editor.

Miss Go is co-author of the books Ambition, Destiny, Victory: Stories From A Presidential Election (with Chay Hofileña), How to Win An Election: Lessons From the Experts (with Booma Cruz), and Investigating Local Governments (with several); and is anthologized in Unholy Nation: Stories From A Gambling Republic.

She covered the US presidential election in 2008 as a Jefferson Fellow of the East-West Center in Hawaii, learned of local government innovations in Canada as a Marshall McLuhan Fellow, and observed Thailand's election system as a Southeast Asian Press Alliance Fellow.

In 2008, the UP College of Mass Communication recognized her as an outstanding alumna for her contributions in the field of investigative journalism. In 2017, she received the Glory Medal of Distinction from UP-CMC Alumni Association.

Most of the awards she has received are for reports on local governance, political parties, and campaigns and elections. She dreams, though, of hitting the road like Charles Kuralt, or "[writing] about things from my heart" like Rick Bragg, or taking up again her college job of writing greeting cards.

She is, however, getting increasingly interested in policy research on local governance issues.

She remains a fulltime journalist – who tries to cook Italian and Japanese.

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Aug 2018
PEOPLE AND PROFILES 01:35pm, Aug 01, 2018
Manga creators: Jose Rizal more than a Filipino hero

YOKOHAMA, Japan – “Hindi ako Pilipino (I am not Filipino),” Takahiro Matsui said light-heartedly when he saw me entering the meeting room. He was arranging the seats for our interview one rainy ...

Jul 2018
PHILIPPINES 12:07pm, Jul 26, 2018
Comelec to PET: Stick to 25% shading threshold or risk all elective posts

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) stood by the 25% ballot shading threshold it used in counting the votes in the 2016 elections. The poll body reiterated this ...

BLOG 10:48pm, Jul 18, 2018
[OPINION] Would you date a journalist – a Rappler journalist?

If you’re that one millennial among 3 who checks social media at least once every day, then you’ve probably come across those “listicles” about how journalists are as partners – you know, why you ...

May 2018
THOUGHT LEADERS 03:02pm, May 10, 2018
Funds and power: 5 things we entrust the barangay officials we elect

(This article was originally published on October 27, 2013, with the title "5 things we serve barangay officials on a silver platter." We are republishing it, with updates, in time for the barangay ...

PHILIPPINES 07:20am, May 04, 2018
1 million barangay, SK candidates start campaigns

MANILA, Philippines – The 9-day campaign period for the village and youth council elections started midnight Friday, May 4, with more than one million candidates vying for positions in more than ...

Sep 2017
LIFE AND STYLE 07:05pm, Sep 10, 2017
In Kyoto, 'Sampaguita' is for fashionistas

KYOTO, Japan – In this city of everything tasteful and pretty, tourists would notice the boutique among the little quaint shops for the stylish bags and hats it displays. If you were from the ...

May 2017
PHILIPPINES 05:06pm, May 09, 2017
Images from 2016: The day we elected Rodrigo Duterte and Leni Robredo

MANILA, Philippines – We're familiar with the expression: "Isang taon pa lang?" (It's only been a year?) We – the nation, not just the media – have been on a daily roller-coaster ride since the mayor ...

Apr 2017
BLOG 11:30am, Apr 09, 2017
Job hunting this summer? Local, national gov't offices have openings

It’s summer, and a lot of young people are expectedly rewarding themselves with going on vacation, taking hobby classes, or killing time. My summers in high school and college were not like that. ...

Mar 2017
PHILIPPINES 07:10pm, Mar 24, 2017
DILG mobilizes 42,000 barangays for federalism campaign

MANILA, Philippines – On Saturday, March 25, when 42,000-plus villages conduct the mandatory barangay assemblies, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) wants local officials to ...

Dec 2016
INSIDE TRACK 10:30am, Dec 18, 2016
Duterte says he 'maybe' killed a man at 17

(UPDATED) Human rights advocates, as well as local and international media, are aghast to hear President Rodrigo Duterte casually admit recently to having killed criminals himself when he was mayor ...