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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Jan 2020
RAPPLER NEWSLETTERS 11:00pm, Jan 16, 2020
Amid Taal Volcano’s eruption, the hard questions

In my first newsletter for 2020, we promised that Rappler would give you more people stories as we cover government, politics, business, and the economy. And we’ve pretty much done that in the first ...

RAPPLER NEWSLETTERS 06:00pm, Jan 09, 2020
The only way Robredo could be wrong on drug war numbers

More than 27,000-plus dead drug users and pushers later, President Rodrigo Duterte’s pet campaign has not really cut the head of the dragon that is the illegal drug trade. We’ve had an idea about ...

RAPPLER NEWSLETTERS 06:47pm, Jan 02, 2020
In 2020, we will tell more people stories

In 2020, we will try our best not to backslide. Year in and year out, when warranted, I remind reporters to look for the people angle in events and debates they cover. When a bill is filed, what ...

Dec 2019
RAPPLER NEWSLETTERS 09:00am, Dec 20, 2019
Are we hopeful for 2020? We have to be.

“In the course of this past year, I’ve found myself wondering, more than a few times, whether we are living through the world’s stupidest era. Of course, it’s not as though people haven’t been doing ...

RAPPLER NEWSLETTERS 05:12pm, Dec 11, 2019
In Duterte-land, U2’s Bono touches on the taboo

The U2 fans in the newsroom never doubted it: Bono, the very political frontman of the phenomenal Irish band, would touch on the issue of human rights violations once in the Philippines. He didn’t ...

RAPPLER NEWSLETTERS 08:00pm, Dec 05, 2019
Did Malacañang say the press is free?

He has made the threat at least twice before, in 2017 and 2018. But the 3rd time, he was more emphatic: “Ang iyong franchise mag-end next year. If you expect ma-renew ’yan, I’m sorry. I will see to ...

Nov 2019
RAPPLER NEWSLETTERS 06:30pm, Nov 28, 2019
Reporting on the SEA Games fiasco

A little over two weeks ago, when an opposition senator started uncovering one bloated item after another in the Philippines’ budget for hosting the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games 2019, a university ...

RAPPLER NEWSLETTERS 11:00am, Nov 21, 2019
Bloated SEA Games budget and other exposés

Just when most voters had probably forgotten about the midterm elections that happened this year, news that smelled like public funds could’ve been misused broke into our feeds on Wednesday ...

RAPPLER NEWSLETTERS 06:49pm, Nov 14, 2019
Rody, Leni, Imee: Reality checks, courtesy of Rappler exclusives

Hello! This newsletter comes to you in the evening – I couldn’t finish this in the middle of the UP Fighting Maroons vs UST Growling Tigers, with everybody (including me) screaming in the newsroom! ...

RAPPLER NEWSLETTERS 05:00pm, Nov 07, 2019
The Philippines, a killing field

Sometime ago, a journalist friend and I were looking into post-Duterte scenarios, particularly about the legacy he would leave – first, in our armed institutions, and second in society at large – ...