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April 19, 2017: SAIS Philippines Roundtable with Featured Speaker Marites D. Vitug

Roundtable with Marites D. Vitug

Journalist and Best Selling Author
Editor at Large, Rappler
Nieman Fellow, Harvard University

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

SAIS Rome Building, Room 806
School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
1619 Massachusetts Avenue NW


U.S.-Philippines Society | 1712 N Street NW | Washington DC, 20036 | Tel. 202.525.3982

The Southeast Asia Studies Program | Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

The Johns Hopkins University | 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW | Tel. 202.663.5837

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Featured speaker: Marites Vitug

Marites Vitug is one of the Philippines’ most accomplished journalists and a bestselling author. She has written seven books on Philippine current affairs. She is the former editor of Newsbreak, a pioneering political magazine which The New York Times described her as having “spunk and spice.” Currently, she is editor at large of

Her latest book, Endless Journey, is a memoir of retired general and former national security adviser, Jose Almonte. Before that, she wrote a number of books on the Philippine Supreme Court. Hour Before Dawn: The Fall and Uncertain Rise of the Philippine Supreme Court, is a sequel to the bestselling Shadow of Doubt: Probing the Supreme Court, the first to lift the veil of the Supreme Court. Hour Before Dawn won the National Book Award for non-fiction for 2012.

Shadow of Doubt, e-book version landed in the top 10 bestselling books of Amazon in the category of Courts. The Manila Rotary Club recognized it as an outstanding non-fiction book written by a journalist in 2010. Shadow of Doubt has become a critical success and has helped change the political landscape in the Philippines.

Ms. Vitug received the Courage in Journalism Award from the US-based International Women’s Media Foundation for her reportage on the plunder of Palawan’s forests; the Journalists of the Year award (2015) from the Metrobank Foundation, the Ozanam Award from the Ateneo University in 2011, for her body of work; the University of the Philippines Outstanding Alumni Award in 2010; and the Ten Outstanding Young Filipinos award (in the field of journalism).


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