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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Oct 2019
RAPPLER NEWSLETTERS 07:00pm, Oct 10, 2019
There’s a transportation crisis…

You must be stuck in Metro Manila traffic as this newsletter reaches your inbox. I’m stuck in disbelief how some government officials can be so indifferent to the daily travail of commuters that ...

RAPPLER NEWSLETTERS 05:00pm, Oct 03, 2019
What have your mayors done in the first 100 days?

This week, the newsroom is putting finishing touches to a special page that we will launch to mark the first 100 days of the current term of local chief executives. Some constituents understandably ...

Sep 2019
RAPPLER NEWSLETTERS 08:30pm, Sep 26, 2019
Postponing the barangay and SK elections – again

By the looks of it, not holding the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections (BSKE) as scheduled in May 2020 is a done deal. Both taking their cue from President Rodrigo Duterte – who asked ...

RAPPLER NEWSLETTERS 05:29pm, Sep 19, 2019
Children, estranged couples, and neglected stories

On Tuesday, September 17, two emotionally-charged hearings happened one after the other. At the Senate, the committee on women, children, family relations, and gender equality heard 3 bills seeking ...

Aug 2019
RAPPLER NEWSLETTERS 09:00am, Aug 29, 2019
Between governance and romance

If the young, first-term mayor of Pasig City were a journalist, I would have hired him. He knows what story to take away from an interview. Last week, when he was interviewed in a talk show about ...

PHILIPPINES 09:04pm, Aug 05, 2019
27 dead in Cavite as number of dengue cases doubles

MANILA, Philippines – The number of cases in Cavite in the first 7 months of 2019 doubled from the same period last year, with 27 deaths recorded by the Provincial Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit ...

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 ...