Patricia Evangelista


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Patricia Evangelista is a Manila-based trauma journalist specializing in disaster, conflict, and development issues. She is a multimedia and investigative reporter for Rappler, producing longform narrative stories, analysis pieces, and short documentaries.

Before she joined Rappler, she reported for the Abs-cbn News Channel (ANC) and the Philippine Daily Inquirer the 2009 massacre in Maguindanao, the disappearances and torture of activists under the Arroyo administration, and the long national campaign for the legislation of reproductive rights.

Her work in print was awarded by the Union Catholique Internationale de la Presse the Titus Brandsma Awardee for Emergent Journalism for covering “treacherous grounds for journalists."

Her various television projects have been recipients of a number of local awards including four Gawad Tanglaw Awards and a Catholic Mass Media Award. She is a recipient of two New York Festivals medals for her work in ANC's Storyline with director Paolo Villaluna.

Her coverage of armed conflict in the southern Philippines as well as the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan, both for Rappler and Esquire Philippines where she was a writer-at-large, was awarded the Agence France-Presse Kate Webb Prize for exceptional journalism in dangerous conditions.

She is a fellow of the South East Asian Press Alliance and an international fellow of the Dart Center Ochberg Fellowship for Trauma Reporting.

In 2015, she received the Ten Outstanding Young Men in Nation's Service (TOYM) for Journalism, the only woman among the 10 recipients. In 2016, she was among the Ten Outstanding Women in Nation's Service (TOWNS), also for Journalism.

She continues to investigate the drug war launched by President Rodrigo Duterte through the Impunity Series with Magnum Foundation photographer Carlo Gabuco, with eighteen reports published to date. The longform narrative series is a recipient of the Human Rights Press Award, a Society of Publishers in Asia Award, and is a finalist for the Osborn Elliott Prize for Journalism.

More by Patricia Evangelista

Multimedia and Investigative

Pretty Girls

The Impunity Series

Jessie's Got a Gun

The Mourners of Mamasapano

Edgardo's Junior


Sta. Catalina


The Barber of Guiuan

Thought Leaders

The Butcher in the Palace, and Other Fabrications

The Rape of Jessica Soho

The First Stone

Sep 2018
PHILIPPINES 05:11pm, Sep 17, 2018
People of the Philippines vs Jovito Palparan

(Editor's Note: First published in 2012, we are republishing this story more than 6 years later after retired major general Jovito Palparan was found guilty Monday, September 17, of kidnapping and ...

PHILIPPINES 11:55am, Sep 17, 2018
Finding Sherlyn Cadapan

(Editor's Note: First published in 2014, we are republishing this story more than 4 years later after retired Major General Jovito Palparan was found guilty Monday, September 17, of kidnapping ...

PHILIPPINES 11:22am, Sep 17, 2018
Jovito Palparan: The most wanted man in the country

(Editor's Note: First published in 2013, we are republishing this close to 5 years later. retired Major General Jovito Palparan was found guilty today, September 17, of kidnapping and serious ...

Jun 2018
NEWSBREAK 12:32pm, Jun 26, 2018
STOLEN: Pretty Girls

STOLEN Pretty Girls They were groomed, abused, and sold online. Now the children tell their story. Story by Patricia Evangelista Photos by Carlo Gabuco INTRODUCTION Rappler’s Stolen tells ...

May 2018
NEWSBREAK RICH MEDIA 05:15pm, May 02, 2018
Journalists on press freedom: Be afraid, but do the job

MANILA, Philippines – The threat against press freedom, say local journalists, emanates from the republic’s highest office. “Do I think the President is a threat to press freedom?” asks ...

Apr 2018
NEWSBREAK RICH MEDIA 12:30pm, Apr 23, 2018
Journalist Ed Lingao: 'You have to fight back'

MANILA, Philippines – He is a veteran broadcaster who concedes that there is less trust in Philippine media. The irony, he adds, is in the fact journalists who could never be trusted before are now ...

NEWSBREAK RICH MEDIA 09:51am, Apr 16, 2018
Reporter Pia Ranada: 'If I can be targeted, so can any one else who is critical'

MANILA, Philippines – On February 20, 2018, Rappler reporter Pia Ranada was banned from entering the gates of Malacañang Palace. Ranada, who has been covering President Rodrigo Duterte since he ...

NEWSBREAK RICH MEDIA 11:29am, Apr 09, 2018
Photographer Ezra Acayan: 'I am human first before I am a journalist'

MANILA, Philippines – Photographer Ezra Acayan is uncertain how many corpses he has seen, or how many funerals he has shot in the months since the declaration of the war on drugs. He thinks maybe ...

Feb 2018
NEWSBREAK RICH MEDIA 07:14pm, Feb 23, 2018
The Librarians: A Rappler Profile

MANILA, Philippines ­– On January 19, 2018, Dr Vernon Totanes, Director of the Ateneo de Manila University Rizal Library, filed a letter of complaint with the Office of the Ombudsman. Totanes asked ...

Dec 2017
PHILIPPINES 09:00am, Dec 06, 2017
Forensic evidence backs Tokhang survivor's claim of 'merciless' execution

MANILA, Philippines – The first case against the government’s drug war now has forensic analysis backing the eyewitness account of Efren Morillo, who survived a Tokhang operation that killed 4 in ...