Marites Danguilan Vitug has been a journalist for more than three decades and is one of the Philippines’ most accomplished journalists. She is also a bestselling author. Marites has written eight books on Philippine current affairs. She is the former editor of Newsbreak, a pioneering political magazine which The New York Times described as having “spunk and spice.” Currently, she is editor at large of www.rappler.com.
Her latest book, Rock Solid: How the Philippines won its maritime dispute against China Sea, was released in July 2018.
Marites’s works have been published in a number of periodicals including the Nikkei Asia Review, Nieman Reports, International Herald Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Newsday, Newsweek and Asahi Shimbun, and books and journals, including The Politics of Environment in Southeast Asia (Routledge: London and New York) and The Journal of Environment and Development (University of California in San Diego).
In 2006, a global risk consultancy firm, Eurasia Group, ranked Marites 45 among 50 Global Leaders, mostly heads of states, for her work in NEWSBREAK.
In August 2018, Marites was a visiting fellow at the Australia National University, a visiting research scholar at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo in 2016 and, before that, in 2014, in Kyoto University. In 1986, she was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University after which she earned a diploma in world politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science and graduated with Merit. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Communication from the University of the Philippines.