April 18, 2018
Filipino Journalist Manny Mogato Wins Pulitzer
Manny Mogato of Reuters Philippines has been awarded a 2018 Pulitzer Prize for “relentless reporting that exposed the brutal killing campaign behind Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.
Mogato is now the seventh Filipino to win a Pulitzer, joining the esteemed Carlos P. Romulo, Byron Acohido, Alex Tizon, Cheryl Diaz Meyer, Jose Antonio Vargas, and two Filipino-Americans who have received the prestigious award.
The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States. It is considered the highest honor in journalism and Mogato himself referred to it as “the Holy Grail” in journalism.
Mogato’s award is for International Reporting for the Reuters series entitled “Duterte’s War: Inside the Bloody Crackdown in the Philippines“, an ongoing series with 17 in-depth, powerful, stories on the war on drugs. He shares the award with two other Reuters journalists who also contributed to the series, Clare Baldwin and Andrew R.C. Marshall.
The same series also won the Outstanding Impact Award at the Amnesty International Media Awards, .
Mogato, a journalist with over 30 years experience, has been President of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines three times. He started as a police beat reporter for the People’s Journal and as an assistant news editor for The Manila Times; and joined Thomson Reuters in 2003 as a political and general news correspondent.
He is also the latest recipient of the Marshall McLuhan Award for Investigative Journalism, speaking at a forum organized by the Filipino Canadian Writers and Journalists Network in Toronto last December 5.
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