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Toronto Catholic District School Board

McLuhan Fellowship Winner Visits

December 1

10:00 a.m.

Marshall McLuhan is pleased to host a visit from this year's McLuhan Fellow, Gigi Grande, news editor and presenter of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation.  A journalist for almost twenty years now, Ms. Grande is currently a correspondent for ABS-CBN’s Investigative Research group, responsible for producing in-depth news reports for the network’s various news platforms.  She is also the anchor of The World Tonight Saturday and News Now on the ABS-CBN News Channel.
She won the McLuhan Fellowship for her excellent reportage of the issues surrounding the Philippine national elections early this year.  As an editor, she is also tasked to mentor and edit stories of reporters who contribute investigative reports.  She had also managed a team of reporters covering the various political and Cabinet beats.  She graduated with a degree in Tourism from the University of the Philippines.
For her presentation, she has chosen the topic:  “Journalism in Challenging Times: Media as guardians of democracy and watchdog of society.”  For decades, the Philippine media has been called the freest in Asia, carving its place as the guardians of democracy and the watchdog of society.  But are times changing?  Gigi Grande talks about journalism under the new political leadership.
In her long career with ABS-CBN, she held various positions including being news bureau chief for ABS-CBN Australia, host and correspondent for the documentary program “The Correspondents,” and a news reporter covering defense, foreign affairs, elections, and the Church.