Emil Guillermo

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Emil Guillermo
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Born San Francisco, California, U.S.
Ethnicity American of Filipino descent
Occupation journalist
Notable credit(s) All Things Considered (NPR); "Emil Amok" (column); Amok: Essays from an Asian American Perspective (book)

Emil Guillermo is an American print and broadcast journalist, commentator and humorist. His column, "Emil Amok," appeared for more than 14 years in AsianWeek—at one time, the most widely read and largest circulating Asian American newsweekly in the U.S. The column has now migrated to the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund site blog.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in San Francisco, Guillermo is an alumnus of Harvard University, where he studied history and film, and was a member of the Harvard Lampoon. He delivered the Ivy Oration as class humorist in 1977.


From 1989-1991, he was host of NPR's "All Things Considered." He was the first Asian American male, and first Filipino American, to host a regularly scheduled national news broadcast.[1][2] He has also worked as a television reporter in San Francisco, Dallas, and Washington, D.C. He has hosted his own radio talk show in Washington D.C., San Francisco and Sacramento. His writing and commentary has been widely published in newspapers around the country, and has earned him national and regional journalism awards.

Guillermo is the author of Amok: Essays from an Asian American Perspective -- a compilation of essays originally published in Asian Week—that won an American Book Award in 2000.

Personal life[edit]

Emil Guillermo's cousin, 26-year-old Stephen Guillermo, was fatally shot in the Mission District in San Francisco on May 3, 2014. Stephen, who was drunk and unarmed, went to his apartment building and got on the wrong floor via elevator. He walked to the door that had the same number of his apartment, and attempted to enter the home. Guillermo was struggling with the doorknob and managed to get inside the home. The resident inside the home, a 68-year-old man, fired one shot, killing Stephen. The shooter claimed that he feared for his life from an intruder. He was initially booked for murder but was released two days later and prosecutors declined to file charges against him. Emil has expressed disapproval over the prosecutors' decision to not file charges.[3]



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