Jessica Soho

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This name uses Philippine naming customs. The middle name or maternal family name is Aspiras and the surname or paternal family name is Soho.
Jessica Soho
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Soho in 2012
Born Maria Jessica Aspiras Soho
San Fernando, La Union, Philippines
Nationality Philippines Filipino
Education UP Diliman
Occupation Broadcast Journalist
Magazine Show Host
Documentary Host
Years active 1989-present
Parent(s) Maura Aspiras (mother)
Abelardo Soho (father)
Awards Asia Journalist of All Times
Peabody Awardee

Maria Jessica Aspiras Soho, better known as Jessica Soho is a Filipino broadcast journalist, documentarian and news director who received a George Foster Peabody Award[1] and was the first Filipino to win the British Fleet Journalism Award in 1998.[2] A Ka Doroy Valencia awardee, Soho was also one of the 100 Filipino Women of Distinction chosen during the centennial celebration of the Philippines. Her story of a hostage crisis in Cagayan Valley made her the first Filipino to win in the New York Film Festival for Coverage of a Breaking Story.

She helped conceptualize the one-hour documentary television program I-Witness, which ran for over 10 years becoming the longest running late-night program on the air as of 2009[3]

Her documentaries on the Kidneys for Sale business and Kamao death sport made her the first Filipino reporter, with GMA Network as the first Filipino network, to win the George Foster Peabody Award in 1999.[4]

Soho hosts Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho and was honored on October 14, 2008, by Quezon City with the Outstanding Citizen Award.[5]

Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (KMJS) was recognized as the Most Development-Oriented Magazine Program. Program host Jessica Soho got two awards – the Best Public Affairs Program Host and the Best Magazine Program Host in the Gandingan 2009: UPLB Isko’t Iska's Broadcast Choice Awards. Gandingan 2009 is the first award-giving ceremony in the field of broadcasting instituted by Community Broadcasters’ Society (UPCBS) of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). It pays tribute to the best broadcast programs that air over TV and radio.[6]

In 2004, at the annual Cebu Federation of Beat Journalists event, she stated that "Provincial and regional journalists, in my view, are the real heroes in this profession. The dangers and risks you face and encounter are no doubt far greater than those that we face in Manila," in reference to the 55 journalists in the country that had been killed to date, "But despite the hazards of the job, journalists must work hard and strive to make Philippine media strong, robust and credible."[7]

Her biggest break in news-casting entitled State of the Nation with Jessica Soho as a news anchor.

In 2015, Soho receives the Doctor of Humanities, Honoris Causa, conferred to her by the University of Northeastern Philippines during its 67th Commencement Exercises on April.[8]

Biography[edit]

Early career[edit]

Jessica Soho is a Filipino reporter, host, producer and currently the acting news director of GMA Network. She joined the GMA team in the mid-80s, fresh from college, barely finished with her undergraduate thesis.

Soho's first voice-over report was a feature story on the inauguration of the Light Rail Transit from Baclaran to Monumento. Later she was assigned to the defense and military beat. Eventually, Soho's reputation and responsibility have increased dramatically since then.

At the UP College of Mass Communications, Soho met the journalist Luis Beltran who inspired Soho to finish Mass Communications.

Breakthrough[edit]

She is the first Filipino to win in the New York Film Festival for Coverage of a Breaking Story for her account of a hostage crisis in Cagayan Valley. She also received the Ka Doroy Valencia Award given by the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas. In 1994, she received the Grand Prize from the Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union for her riveting coverage of a breaking news story. Soho is included in the list of 100 Filipino Women of Distinction.

In the documentary "Kidneys for Sale", Soho explored a depressed area in Manila and discovered the unemployed selling their kidneys to make ends meet.

Controversy[edit]

In May 2013, a controversy sparked involving Soho and comedian Vice Ganda, involving a joke directed at the anchor during Vice's I Vice Ganda Mo Ako Sa Araneta concert held last May 17, 2013.[9] Vice mentioned Soho, among several other personalities, in a stand-up skit involving celebrities starring in a pornographic film, adding that Soho would be gang raped if she were cast, as well as making several jokes ridiculing her weight.

Vice Ganda later issued a public apology during his regular appearances in It's Showtime!, admitting to his wrongdoing and that he offended Soho and several others with his jokes. Jessica Soho later acknowledged Vice's apology but she denied any intent to close any further discussion with the comedian.[10]

Television[edit]

Year Title Network
1998-2001 Brigada Siete GMA Network
2011–Present Brigada GMA News TV

Performance awards[edit]

Year Award Giving Body Category Nominated Work Result
2015 Reader's Digest Asia Digest's Most Trusted News Presenter State of the Nation with Jessica Soho Won
(PMAP) Makatao Awards for Media Excellence Best TV Public Affairs Program Host Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho Won
ALTA Media Icon Awards Best Magazine Program Host Won
2nd Paragala Awards Best Magazine Show Host Won
PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Magazine Show Host[11] Nominated
Best Female Newscaster State of the Nation with Jessica Soho[12] Won
EdukCircle Film and TV Awards Best Female News Anchor of the Year Won
2nd Paragala Awards Best News Program Female Anchor Won
UmalohokJUAN Awards Best News Anchor Won
11th USTV Awards Female News Host Won
Platinum Stallion Media Awards Best Female News Anchor Won[13]
9th Gandingan Awards Best News Anchor Won
Best Investigative Program Host Brigada Won
Best Magazine Program Host Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho Won
2014 Reader's Digest Asia Digest's Most Trusted News Presenter State of the Nation with Jessica Soho Won
PUP Mabini Media Awards Best Television Female News Program Anchor Won
Best Television Magazine Program Host Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho Won
10th USTv Awards Students' Choice of Magazine Program Host Won
Students' Choice for News Program Host State of the Nation with Jessica Soho Won
2nd CLASS Awards (City of Malabon University) Most Outstanding Female News Presenter of the Year Won
PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Female Newscaster Won
Best Documentary Program Host Brigada Nominated
Best Magazine Show Host Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho Nominated
1st Gawad Duyan Awards Himay-Ulat Award State of the Nation with Jessica Soho Won
2013 Reader's Digest Asia Digest's Most Trusted News Presenter State of the Nation with Jessica Soho Won
International Business and Academe Conference’s Service Excellence and Partners Awards Best TV Public Affairs Host [14] Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho Won
7th UPLB Gandingan Awards Best News Anchor State of the Nation with Jessica Soho Won
9th USTv Awards Best Female News & Current Affairs Program Host Won
PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Magazine Show Host Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho Won
Best Female Newscaster State of the Nation with Jessica Soho Nominated
2012 Reader's Digest Asia Digest's Most Trusted News Presenter State of the Nation with Jessica Soho Won
6th UPLB Gandingan Awards Best Magazine Program Host Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho Won
PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Magazine Show Host Won
Best Female Newscaster State of the Nation with Jessica Soho Nominated
2011 Reader's Digest Asia Digest's Most Trusted News Presenter State of the Nation with Jessica Soho Won
5th UPLB Gandingan Awards Best Magazine Program Host Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho Won
PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Public Affairs Program Host Brigada Nominated
Best Magazine Show Host Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho Nominated
Best Female Newscaster State of the Nation with Jessica Soho Nominated
2010 PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Magazine Show Host Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho Won
Best Public Service Program Host Reunions Nominated
2009 Best Public Affairs Program Host Reunions 3rd USTv Awards Won
PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Public Service Program Host Nominated
Best Magazine Show Host Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho Won
1st MTRCB TV Awards Best Female Host Won[15]
2008 UPLB Gandingan Awards Best Magazine Program Host Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho Won
PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Public Service Program Host Reunions Nominated
Best Public Affairs Program Host Hot Seat Won
Best Magazine Show Host Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho Nominated
2007 PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Public Service Program Host Sana'y Muling Makapiling Nominated
Best Magazine Show Host Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho Nominated
2006 PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Magazine Show Host Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho Nominated
2004 Nominated
2003 Nominated
2002 Asian TV Festival Best Public Affairs Presenter Jessica Soho Reports Nominated
Golden Dove Awards Best Public Affairs Show Host Jessica Soho Reports Won
PMPC Star Awards for TV Best News Magazine Show Host Jessica Soho Reports Won
CMMA Best Public Affairs Show Host Jessica Soho Reports Won
2002 Asian TV Festival Best Public Affairs Presenter Jessica Soho Reports Nominated
2001 Asian TV Festival Best Public Affairs Presenter Jessica Soho Reports Nominated

Recognitions and accolades[edit]

Year Award Giving Body Category
2015 University of Northeastern Philippines’ 67th Commencement Exercises Doctor of Humanities, Honoris Causa
17th Gawad Pasado Awards PinakaPASADOng Mamamahayag sa Larangan ng Kamalayang Pilipino
COMGUILD Center for Journalism Media Persona of Excellence
Hall of Fame for the Most Outstanding Female News Presenter awardee[16]
2014 CEO Excel Awards Awardee
10th USTv Awards Student Leaders' Choice of TV Personality
Federation of Philippine Industries, Inc. Bayabay Media Awards
School Press Advisers Movement (SPAM) Award of Excellence in the Field of Broadcasting
2013 3rd EdukCircle Awards Most Outstanding Journalist of the Year
International Business and Academe Conference’s Service Excellence and Partners Awards Outstanding Broadcaster of the Year
Anak TV Seal Award Hall of Famer
2012 6th UPLB Gandingan Awards Hall of Fame for Best Magazine Program Host
Anak TV Seal Award Most Admired Female Personality Awardee
2nd Adamson University Media Awards Awardee
EdukCircle Most Outstanding Filipino Documentarian of All Time
8th International Center for Communication Studies (ICCS) Most Outstanding Filipino Documentarian of All Time[17]
2011 PMPC Star Awards for TV Excellence in Broadcasting Lifetime Achievement Award
Anak TV Seal Award Most Admired Female Personality Awardee
Female Network.com Womanity Award in the field of Media[18]
2010 Anak TV Seal Award Most Admired Female Personality Awardee
2009 Anak TV Seal Award Most Admired Female Personality Awardee
2008 Anak TV Seal Award Most Admired Female Personality Awardee
2007 Anak TV Seal Award Most Admired Female Personality Awardee
2003 Mary Kay Philippines 3rd Anniversary Women with a Heart Awardee
Rotary Club of Manila Hall of Fame, Journalism Awards for Broadcast Journalism
2001 Ten Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (TOWNS) Broadcast Journalism
Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Broadcast Journalist Awardee
1999 Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters sa Pilipinas Best Host in Golden Dove Awards
Broadcaster of the Year (Ka Doroy Valnecia Award)
1998 British Embassy in Manila Fleet Street Awardee for Investigative Journalism
1997 Metro Pacific Corporation Journalism Awards Political Reporter of the Year Award for coverage of "The Ipil Massacre"
1993 Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Award Awardee
1990 CCP Gawad Natatanging Parangal Special Awardee
Rotary Club of Manila TV Journalist of the Year
1989 CCP Gawad Natatanging Parangal Special Awardee
Rotary Club of Manila TV Journalist of the Year

Other Recognitions and Accolades[edit]

  • Most Outstanding Journalist of the Year - 3rd EdukCircle Awards (August 2013)
  • Best News Anchor, awarded by Gandingan 2013: The 7th UPLB Isko't Iska's Broadcast Choice Awards Awards.
  • World Achiever in Documentary, awarded by The EdukCircle, International Center for Communication Studies on August 26, 2012
  • Most Outstanding Filipino Documentarian of All Time, awarded by The EdukCircle during the 8th ICCS Convention on Media Communication at the AFP Theater. This was awarded by different colleges and universities all over the Philippines, August 26, 2012

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