Columbia J-school dean is UP CMC graduation speaker

Sheila Coronel, the appointed dean of the academic affairs of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, is this year’s graduation speaker of the UP College of Mass Communication.

Dean Sheila Coronel

Dean Sheila Coronel

The UP CMC graduation committee and the College Executive Board chose Coronel for her outstanding contribution in the development of media, especially in the investigative journalism both here and abroad.

“I am honored by the invitation,” said Coronel. “[50] is a good age to be,” she added. Her speakership is in time for the CMC’s 50th year and 49th commencement exercises of the college.

Coronel is an alumna of the University of the Philippines-Diliman, graduated with a Political Science (cum laude) degree. She also holds a Master’s degree in Political Sociology (with distinction) in London School of Economics and Political Science.

A known critic of Philippine politics and government personalities, Coronel started her media career as a staff writer for Philippine Panorama Magazine. In subsequent years, she became a columnist and correspondent for The Manila Chronicle, and The New York Times and The Guardian, respectively, mostly covering Philippine political scenes and society.

In 1989, she co-founded the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), a premier reporting organization in Asia, and served as its executive director for more than a decade. In 2006, she became the director of the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism and at the same time, a professor of Columbia University.

Coronel is a multi-awarded journalist who received prestigious awards including the Print Journalist of the Year, Asia’s Top 50 Communicators, Hall of Famer of the Jaime V. Ongpin Award for Investigative Journalism and Asia’s Nobel Prize, the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature & Creative Communication Arts. Coronel is also an accomplished author and editor.

She will speak before the more than 150 graduates of UP CMC which composed of a summa cum laude, 17 magna cum laude, 60 cum laude and seven post-graduate degree holders.

On the other hand, the Philippine Madrigal Singers will be performing in the college’s graduation ceremony on June 28.

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