Howie Severino

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Howie Severino
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Severino in January 2018
Horacio Gorospe Severino

(1961-07-18) July 18, 1961 (age 59)
EducationTufts University
University of Sussex
Years active1988–present
Televisioni-Witness host
News to Go anchor
Spouse(s)Ipat Luna
ChildrenAlon Severino
Parent(s)Amb. Rodolfo Severino and Tati Gorospe Severino
AwardsPMPC Star Awards for TV
Rotary Journalism Awards

Horacio "Howie" Gorospe Severino (born July 18, 1961) is a Filipino broadcast journalist best known for his work with the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, the Probe Team, and GMA Network. He has worked in print, television, and online media.



He has said he wanted to be a journalist ever since he was in fifth grade.[1] He graduated from Tufts University in Massachusetts with a History degree, magna cum laude, and received his master's degree from University of Sussex in the United Kingdom in Environment, Development, and Policy.

As a college student in Boston in the early 1980s, he got to know Benigno Aquino Jr., then in exile. After Aquino's assassination in 1983, Severino returned home to teach at his alma mater Ateneo de Manila High School, and join the anti-Marcos movement. He was arrested while taking pictures of a police dispersal of a student barricade in front of Ateneo campus on January 25, 1985, the same day as Lino Brocka and Behn Cervantes. Severino was detained for eight days in Fort Bonifacio, which was at the time a dreaded army camp and not yet the high-end commercial and residential hub that it is today.


Severino was a campus journalist at Tufts University for all four years in college. In the Philippines, he began his journalism career as a newspaper reporter and magazine writer in 1988. He became a co-founder of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) in 1989; established himself as a leading documentary filmmaker; and, in 2009, was named Editor-in-Chief of GMA News Online, GMA Network's news website. He stepped down in 2014 after five years, and was appointed GMA Network's Vice President for Professional Development in May 2014.

On TV, he was on Probe Team for four years with Cheche Lazaro before joining I-Witness, now one of the longest-running public affairs programs in the Philippines.

At the PCIJ, he set up the Center's Environment Desk, built credentials as a leading environmental journalist, and worked closely with Ramon Magsaysay awardee Sheila Coronel. He still produces environmental documentaries for I-Witness and often appears on television riding his mountain bike.

Online, he was the first blogger on GMA's web platforms. His journalistic exploration of emerging media culminated in 2009 with his appointment as GMA Network's Vice President for Multimedia Journalism[2] and his subsequent assignment to helm GMA News Online.

As GMA News Online's Editor-in-Chief, Severino and his team pioneered in the Philippines the use of Google Maps for disaster coverage, Twitter for breaking news, and crowd-sourcing for news gathering.

In 2011, Severino became co-anchor of the morning television show News to Go on GMA News TV, alongside Kara David.

Personal life[edit]

Severino's parents are Ambassador Rodolfo Severino Jr., former secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) from 1998 to 2002, and Tati Gorospe Severino. a former schoolteacher and administrator.

Severino is married to Ipat Luna, an environmental lawyer and TOYM awardee, with whom he has a son, Alon Roberto. In 2012, Alon, 10, was named Best Child Performer by the Aliw Awards for his role in Totong Hilot, a full-length play staged in the Cultural Center of the Philippines during the Virgin Labfest.

On April 7, 2020, it was revealed that Severino was the country's 2828th COVID-19 patient during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.[3] He later recovered from the coronavirus after being in the hospital for eleven days.[4] A special i-Witness documentary about his experience as a COVID-positive patient; entitled Ako si Patient 2828, aired on GMA on April 18, 2020.[5]

Awards and citations[edit]

Severino is one of the Philippines' most awarded journalists. His awards include:

  • Neil Davis-Bill Latch Memorial Award given to one young Asia-Pacific journalist, 1991
  • CMMA best newspaper reporter, 1991
  • Jaime V Ongpin Grand Prize, Investigative reporting, 1996
  • Four-time winner of Rotary Club of Manila's Journalist of the Year awards
  • Three-time winner of UPLB's Gandingan awards (Best Documentarist)
  • Titus Brandsma Award for Leadership in Journalism, 2009
  • PUP's Mabini Award for Media
  • PUP's MARINGAL NA PANTAS award for contributions to historical studies, 2012
  • PHL Medical Association's Rizal award for documentaries on Rizal
  • Adamson's first Adamson Univ. Media Award, 2011
  • La Sallian Scholarum Award for Best TV feature for youth, 2005

In 2007, Severino was inducted into the Rotary Club of Manila's Journalism Hall of Fame[6] after he was named Broadcast Journalist of the Year twice and Investigative Journalist of the Year twice.

In October 2007, GMA Network released Ten Years of Howie Severino,[7] a DVD compilation of ten of his most notable documentaries. Included on the DVD was Huling Hala-bira, a documentary about a family living under the railroad tracks in Pandacan, Manila, which won second prize that same year in a United Nations-sponsored international broadcast competition.[8]

In a 2009 trust survey conducted by Reader's Digest magazine,[9] Severino was sixth on a list of most trusted Filipinos.

People Asia Magazine, in its June–July 2012 issue,[10] named Severino one of that year's "Men Who Matter".

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Alma Anonas-Carpio (17 August 2006). "Howie Severino: The Quintessential Journalist". Philippine Star. Archived from the original on 2 June 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
  2. ^ "GMA-7 announces new post for Howie Severino". Rappler. 2014-05-05. Retrieved 2019-10-18."GMA-7 announces new post for Howie Severino". Rappler. 2014-05-05. Retrieved 2019-10-18.
  3. ^ Iglesias, Iza (2020-04-07). "Veteran broadcast journalist Howie Severino, 'Covid-19 survivor'". The Manila Times. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  4. ^ Severino, Howie (April 7, 2020). "Howie Severino: I am COVID-19 Patient 2828". GMA News Online. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  5. ^ San Juan, Ratziel (April 17, 2020). "'Ako si Patient 2828': Howie Severino shares COVID-19 bout in 'i-Witness' documentary". Retrieved 2020-04-17.
  6. ^ Howie Severino (21 June 2007). "Gratitude". GMA Network. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
  7. ^ "Ten Years of Howie Severino". GMA Network. 30 March 2012. Archived from the original on 3 December 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
  8. ^ Jocelyn Dimaculangan (18 July 2007). ""I-Witness" Documentary Festivals takes place on July 21 and 28". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
  9. ^ "Reader's Digest's 'Most Trusted Filipinos'". Manila Bulletin. 15 March 2010. Archived from the original on 30 November 2011. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
  10. ^ Lapeña, Carmela. "Howie Severino one of People Asia's 'Men Who Matter'". GMA News Online. Retrieved 20 September 2012.

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