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Jessica Soho
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Soho in 2012
Born
Maria Jessica Aspiras Soho

27 March 1964 (1964-03-27) (age 57)
San Fernando, La Union
Nationality  Philippines
Education University of the Philippines Diliman
Occupation Broadcast Journalist
Magazine Show Host
Documentary Host
Years active 1985–present
Parent(s) Abelardo Soho (father)
Maura Aspiras (mother)
Awards Asia Journalist of All Times
Peabody Awardee

Maria Jessica Aspiras Soho (born March 27, 1964) is a Filipino broadcast journalist known as the host of the news magazine program Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho on GMA Network and formerly anchored the newscast State of the Nation with Jessica Soho on GMA News TV. Soho is dubbed as the Asia's Powerhouse Journalist

Soho is a multi-awarded journalist. In 1998, Soho became the first Filipino to win the British Fleet Journalism Award. In 1998, Soho and the I-Witness team received a George Foster Peabody Award for the "Kidneys for Sale" and "Kamao". Soho's 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.

Early life

Soho was born in La Union province, Philippines. Soho's parents are Abelardo Soho, a government employee, and Maura Aspiras, an agriculturist.

Soho's grandmothers, Sixta "Apo Ittang" Aspiras and Concepcion "Cion" Soho influenced her in telling stories. At the UP College of Mass Communications, Soho met the journalist Luis Beltran, who inspired Soho to finish Mass Communications.

Career

Soho joined GMA News in January 1985. Soho's first voice-over report was a feature story on the inauguration of the Manila Line 1 from Baclaran to Monumento. Soho was later assigned to the defense and military beat.

Soho 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 coverage of a breaking news story. Soho is included in the list of 100 Filipino Women of Distinction chosen during the centennial celebration of the Philippines.

Soho helped conceptualize the one-hour documentary television program I-Witness The documentaries "Kidneys for Sale" and "Kamao" made her the first Filipino reporter, with GMA Network as the first Filipino network, to win the George Foster Peabody Award in 1999.

Soho was also recognized by the New York Film and Television Festival Award for her coverage of a hostage crisis in Cagayan Valley, and the Asian Television Award for Best News and Current Affairs Special for "Saksi Sa Kasaysayan".

Soho's GMA news programs Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho and State of the Nation with Jessica Soho were recognized by the Peabody Awards in 2014 for their coverage on Super Typhoon Yolanda. State of the Nation also earned Soho consecutive wins for Most Trusted News Presenter by Reader's Digest Asia.

In 2015, Soho was given an honorary doctorate in humanities by the University of Northeastern Philippines during its 67th Commencement Exercises on April.

Accolades

International recognitions

Asian TV Festival

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2001 Best In Gown Jessica Soho Reports Nominated
2019 Nominated

British Embassy in Manila

Year Category Result Ref.
1998 Fleet Street Awardee for Investigative Journalism Won

Reader's Digest Trusted Brands Asia

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2011 Digest's Most Trusted News Presenter State of the Nation with Jessica Soho Won
2012 Won
2013 Won
2014 Won
2015 Won
2016 Won
2017 Won

Local recognitions

Adamson University

Year Category Result Ref.
2012 Adamson University Media Award Won

ALTA Media Icon Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2015 Best Magazine Program Host Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho Won

Anak TV Seal Award

Year Category Result Ref.
2007 Most Admired Female Personality Awardee Won
2008 Won
2009 Won
2010 Won
2011 Won
2012 Won
2013 Hall of Famer Won

Catholic Mass Media Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2002 Best Public Affairs Show Host Jessica Soho Reports Won

CCP Gawad Natatanging Parangal

Year Category Result Ref.
1989 Special Award Won
1990 Won

CLASS Awards (City of Malabon University)

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2014 Most Outstanding Female News Presenter of the Year State of the Nation with Jessica Soho Won

COMGUILD Center for Journalism

Year Category Result Ref.
2015 Media Persona of Excellence Won
Hall of Fame for the Most Outstanding Female News Presenter Won

EdukCircle Awards

Year Category Result Ref.
2012 World Achiever in Documentary Won
Most Outstanding Filipino Documentarian of All Time Won
2013 Most Outstanding Journalist of the Year Won
2014 Best Female News Anchor of the Year Won
2015 Best Female News Anchor of the Year Won
2016 Best Magazine Show Host Won

Federation of Philippine Industries, Inc.

Year Category Result Ref.
2014 Bayabay Media Award Won

FemaleNetwork.com

Year Category Result Ref.
2013 Womanity Award in the field of Media Won

Gawad Duyan Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2014 Himay-Ulat Award State of the Nation with Jessica Soho Won

Gawad Pasado Awards

Year Category Result Ref.
2015 PinakaPASADOng Mamamahayag sa Larangan ng Kamalayang Pilipino Won

Golden Dove Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2002 Best Public Affairs Show Host Jessica Soho Reports Won

International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Philippines

Year Category Result Ref.
2014 CEO Excel Award Won

International Business and Academe Conference's Service Excellence and Partners Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2013 Best TV Public Affairs Host Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho Won
Outstanding Broadcaster of the Year N/A Won

International Center for Communication Studies (ICCS)

Year Category Result Ref.
2012 Most Outstanding Filipino Documentarian of All Time Won

Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas

Year Category Result Ref.
1999 Best Host in Golden Dove Awards Won
Broadcaster of the Year (Ka Doroy Valnecia Award) Won

Mary Kay Philippines

Year Category Result Ref.
2003 Women with a Heart Award Won

Metro Pacific Corporation Journalism Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1997 Political Reporter of the Year Award "The Ipil Massacre" coverage Won

Metrobank Foundation

Year Category Result Ref.
2001 Outstanding Broadcast Journalist Award Won

MTRCB TV Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2009 Best Female Host Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho Won

Paragala Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2015 Best Magazine Show Host Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho Won
Best News Program Female Anchor State of the Nation with Jessica Soho Won

Platinum Stallion Media Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2015 Best Female News Anchor State of the Nation with Jessica Soho Won

PMAP Makatao Awards for Media Excellence

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2015 Best TV Public Affairs Program Host State of the Nation with Jessica Soho Won

PMPC Star Awards for Television

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2002 Best Magazine Show Host Jessica Soho Reports Won
2003 Nominated
2004 Nominated
2006 Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho Nominated
2007 Best Public Service Program Host Sana'y Muling Makapiling Nominated
Best Magazine Show Host Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho Nominated
2008 Best Public Service Program Host Reunions Nominated
Best Public Affairs Program Host Hot Seat Won
Best Magazine Show Host Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho Nominated
2009 Best Public Service Program Host Reunions Nominated
Best Magazine Show Host Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho Won
2010 Best Public Service Program Host Reunions Nominated
Best Magazine Show Host Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho Won
2011 Best Female Newscaster State of the Nation with Jessica Soho Won
Best Public Affairs Program Host Brigada Nominated
Best Magazine Show Host Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho Nominated
Excellence in Broadcasting Lifetime Achievement Award N/A Won
2012 Best Magazine Show Host Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho Won
Best Female Newscaster State of the Nation with Jessica Soho Nominated
2013 Best Public Service Program Host Reunions Nominated
Best Magazine Show Host Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho Won
Best Female Newscaster State of the Nation with Jessica Soho Nominated
2014 Best Documentary Program Host Brigada Nominated
Best Magazine Show Host Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho Nominated
Best Female Newscaster State of the Nation with Jessica Soho Won
2015 Best Magazine Show Host Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho Nominated'
Best Female Newscaster State of the Nation with Jessica Soho Won

School Press Advisers Movement (SPAM)

Year Category Result Ref.
2014 Award of Excellence in the Field of Broadcasting Won

PUP Mabini Media Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2014 Best Television Female News Program Anchor State of the Nation with Jessica Soho Won
Best Television Magazine Program Host Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho Won

The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (TOWNS)

Year Category Result Ref.
2001 Broadcast Journalism Won

Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Award

Year Category Result Ref.
1993 Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Award Won

Rotary Club of Manila

Year Category Result Ref.
1989 TV Journalist of the Year Won
1990 Won
2003 Hall of Fame, Journalism Awards for Broadcast Journalism Won

UmalohokJUAN Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2015 Best News Anchor State of the Nation with Jessica Soho Won

UPLB Gandingan Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2008 Best Magazine Program Host Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho Won
2011 Best Magazine Program Host Won
2012 Best Magazine Program Host Won
Hall of Fame for Best Magazine Program Host Won
2013 Best News Anchor State of the Nation with Jessica Soho Won
2015 Best News Anchor Won
Best Investigative Program Host Brigada Won
Best Magazine Program Host Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho Won

USTv Students' Choice Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2013 Best Female News & Current Affairs Program Host State of the Nation with Jessica Soho Won
2014 Students' Choice of Magazine Program Host Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho Won
Students' Choice for News Program Host State of the Nation with Jessica Soho Won
Student Leaders' Choice of TV Personality N/A Won
2015 Students' Choice for Female News Host State of the Nation with Jessica Soho Won

Honors

  • Doctor of Humanities, Honoris Causa–University of Northeastern Philippines’ 67th Commencement Exercises (2015)
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