editor-in-chief, Philippine Graphic, Manila, Philippines
Varona was born in Manila, Philippines and attended the University of the Philippines in Quezon City to study journalism. She began her career as a reporter at the Visayan Times, a local newspaper in Bacolod City. She worked in a number of reporting and editing positions for Negros Eye magazine, the Manila Chronicle, The Evening Star and the Daily Globe. As investigative news chief of the Manila Times, she directed a number of project that won awards including a series on Filipino children suffering from tuberculosis that won the grand prize in the 2001 Science and Technology Awards and another project on telecommunication firms ignoring consumers’ problems that won the 2001 Information Technology Award. In 2002, she became managing editor of Philippine Graphic, a newsweekly magazine and was named editor-in-chief in 2003, the youngest editor-in-chief of a national news publication in her country. She is chairperson of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, an organization that gives journalists training on skills, ethics, journalists’ safety and organizing.
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