ABS-CBN News Channel’s (ANC) Christian Esguerra is this year’s recipient of the 2020 McLuhan Fellowship for Excellence in Journalism. The announcement was made during the virtual Jaime V. Ongpin Journalism Seminar organized by the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) in October.
Canadian Ambassador to the Philippines Peter MacArthur cited Esguerra’s “consistency in providing the public outstanding coverage of the most pressing stories of the day; knowledge of a wide range of issues, deftness in adapting to the changing platforms of the industry, and a desire to mold the next generation of media professionals.” MacArthur placed Esguerra’s career in today’s context, praising Esguerra for his “proficient mastery to discover and explain facts (which) restricts the space for disinformation to thrive.”
Esguerra currently anchors ANC’s “Matters of Fact”, a political half-hour talk segment on the network’s morning newscast “Early Edition.” He also hosts a podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and YouTube called “Facts First”, discussing political issues with experts and policymakers.
Esguerra was a multi-media correspondent for ABS-CBN before taking on the ANC talk show and reported for the Philippine Daily Inquirer for 15 years before joining ABS-CBN. He also teaches journalism at the University of Santo Tomas.
In an interview with his network, Esguerra sees the McLuhan Fellowship as “an opportunity to speak before a wider audience about the struggles journalists in the Philippines are facing today, and why we have no other choice but to fight on.”
The McLuhan Fellowship, with sponsorship from Sun Life Financial, comes with opportunities for Esguerra to travel and speak at Canadian post-secondary institutions and non-profit organizations scheduled for spring of 2021.
Esguerra also received the award of distinction from CMFR.