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Jannelle So is the only Filipina immigrant seen on television in the United States every day. Jannelle continues to make a name for herself as the Host/Producer of America’s first and only daily show for and about the Filipinos, “Kababayan TODAY” on KSCI-TV LA18. The show, now in its seventh year, is also the longest-running Filipino daily talk show outside of the Philippines.
Jannelle’s hard work and accomplishments as a media practitioner has been recognized by different prestigious Filipino organizations such as Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA) and Filipino-American Library. In 2011, Jannelle received an Honorable Mention from the Los Angeles Press Club at the 53rd Annual Southern California Journalism Awards. In the same year, she was also named as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipinas in the US by Filipina Women’s Network. In 2013, Jannelle received the Outstanding Community Reporting award from New America Media, on her story about human trafficking.
Jannelle is also very active in social work and community service. In 2012, Jannelle was the youngest person elected to the Board of Directors for Gawad Kalinga-USA, a non-profit group aiming to eradicate poverty in the Philippines by building communities through values-formation and social entrepreneurship. In 2013, Jannelle was also invited to join the LA Associates Board of Teach for America, an American non-profit organization the aims to make education available to children of low-income families. She is also a passionate volunteer for the Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF), a group dealing with domestic violence issues.
In 2012, Jannelle chaired the month-long Filipino American History celebration in the City of Carson, CA, for which she was recognized as “Supreme Bayani (Hero)” by the Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce in the SouthBay. Earlier, Carson City officials came out with a proclamation on Jannelle’s achievements. Jannelle was honored by The Los Angeles Filipino Association of Filipino Employees for her contributions to the Filipino-American media landscape. As well, she received the “Bayanihan” Spirit award from the historic Filipinotown neighborhood council, along with other mainstream Fil-Am media anchors.
Prior to migrating to the U.S. Jannelle was an accomplished media practitioner in the Philippines where she had a six-year print and broadcast journalism career, which includes coverage of top local and international events such as the 1997 ASEAN Informal Summit in Malaysia, 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok and 2002 Asian Games in Korea, 1998 Philippine Presidential Elections, 2000 Centennial Celebrations in the Philippines, and 2006 NBA All-Star Weekend in Houston, Texas. She has also regularly covered the fights of Philippine boxing pride Manny Pacquiao.
Jannelle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts. Jannelle graduated cum laude and was awarded second honors of the entire graduating class from Miriam College, Inc., Philippines, where she was an honor scholar. In 1998, Jannelle was nominated to the Top 10 Most Outstanding Students of the Philippines. In Los Angeles, she took up a certificate course in print and broadcast Journalism at UCLA.
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