GIJC17 Voices is a series of short interviews with some of the top investigative journalists from around the world.
Sheila Coronel is academic dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York. She is also director of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism and Stabile professor of professional practice.
She began her reporting career in the Philippines during the twilight of the Marcos dictatorship, when she wrote for the underground opposition press and later for mainstream magazines and newspapers. As Marcos lost power and press restrictions eased, she reported on human rights abuses, the growing democratic movement and the election of Corazon Aquino as president.
In 1989, Coronel co-founded the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism. Under her leadership, the Center became the leading investigative reporting institution in the Philippines and Asia. In 2001, the Center’s reporting led to the fall of President Joseph Estrada. In 2003, Coronel won Asia’s premier prize, the Ramon Magsaysay Award.
She is the author and editor of more than a dozen books on the Philippines, freedom of information and investigative journalism. She has trained journalists around the world and written investigative reporting textbooks for journalists in Southeast Asia and the Balkan region.