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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Jun 2019
BLOG 02:38pm, Jun 07, 2019
[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 ...

Feb 2019
2019 11:15pm, Feb 03, 2019
Comelec to hear petitions to cancel Cayetano couple’s candidacies

MANILA, Philippines – A Commission on Elections (Comelec) division will hear on Monday, February 4, arguments on petitions to cancel the congressional candidacies of former foreign affairs secretary ...

Nov 2018
2019 01:47pm, Nov 13, 2018
Cancellation of Cayetano couple’s Taguig congressional bids sought

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Two separate petitions have been filed with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to stop the congressional bids of spouses Alan Peter Cayetano and Lani Cayetano, who ...

THOUGHT LEADERS 10:39am, Nov 03, 2018
[OPINION] When the opposition says it will tap volunteers

The opposition coalition led by the Liberal Party is going to rely on volunteers to do its campaign. The organization and many of its candidates don’t have decent kitties – “walang pera” was the ...

Oct 2018
THOUGHT LEADERS 11:00am, Oct 27, 2018
Dear political parties: For your rallies, hire a wedding planner

The editorial outlook I sent to the Rappler team for Wednesday, October 24, contained detailed instructions on how we should cover the official presentation of the Liberal Party-led coalition’s ...

PHILIPPINES 09:45am, Oct 20, 2018
Japan to accept 50,000 workers from PH under new hiring rules

MANILA, Philippines – More than 50,000 skilled workers from the Philippines have the chance to get employed in Japan in the next 6 years once the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe finalizes ...

Sep 2018
PHILIPPINES 08:30am, Sep 26, 2018
Marcos vs Robredo: Shading thresholds set aside in sorting out ballots

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court, as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), recently ruled to do away with the contentious shading thresholds as basis for segregating ballots in the ...

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 ...

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 ...