Jessica Soho anchors the news, revives ‘Brigada’

Manila Bulletin

MANILA, Philippines -- This year, Jessica Soho marks two more milestones in her illustrious career. Soho, winner of the country's very first Peabody Award, the most prestigious honor in electronic media, and also the head of GMA News Programs, takes on her first ever news anchoring post - at the helm of GMA News TV's flagship primetime newscast, ''State Of The Nation with Jessica Soho.'' She also serves as mentor to younger reporters in ''Brigada.''

One of the things to look forward to in the newscast, according to Senior Program Manager Ella Evangelista-Martelino, is ''Jessica Soho's thorough interviews with the biggest local and international newsmakers.''

On its first week, Mar Roxas, who has evaded media since after the elections last year, came out for the first time in a live interview with Soho. Embattled Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez also appeared live on the show.

''Brigada,'' on the other hand, takes off from ''Brigada Siete,'' which was launched in 1993 with the multi-awarded tri-media journalist Louie Beltran mentoring some of today's most trusted broadcast journalists, including Soho. ''A lot of the big names that we see on Philippine TV now, as far as news reporting is concerned, mga produkto ng 'Brigada Siete,''' Soho says. These journalists are Arnold Clavio, Jay Taruc, Kara David, Jiggy Manicad, Susan Enriquez, and Cesar Apolinario.

''We want to continue the legacy of 'Brigada Siete,' which we would like to believe started a lot of good things in the GMA News and Public affairs team,'' adds Soho.

''State Of The Nation'' airs weeknights at 9 and ''Brigada'' airs every Monday, 8 p.m., on GMA News TV Channel 11.