Howie G. Severino is today's pioneer when it comes to the field of journalism. He hosts the show i-Witness which shows different documentaries that takes on stories of people and incidents to promote awareness on people.
Howie Severino at a very young age already had his mind set on becoming a journalist. So when he was schooling, he was part of their school paper. He studied in Ateneo de Manila High School and graduated in 1979. He then when to Boston to pursue his studies at Tufts University in Medford, Massachussettes where he graduated magna cum laude in 1983 taking up Bachelor's Degree in History.
During he's stay in Boston is where he met Ninoy Aquino, the person who inspired him to become a serious journalist and he credits to learning many things from. He returned to the Philippines and worked as a reporter in The Manila Chronicle. During the reign of Marcos', he founded an anti-Marcos group, Mandigma! in which he actively participated in from 1984 - 1986. In 1985, he was charged with sedition and spent eight days in prison in Fort Bonifacio at the Philippine Army's main camp. He was a teacher and an activist before becoming a full time journalist in 1988.
Severino also co-founded The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism in 1989 together with other prominent journalist; Sheila Coronel nad Rigoberto Tiglao among others. In his car5eer at PCIJ he made his mark as an environmental journalist. In 1993, he completed his masters degree in Environment, Development and Policy at Sussex University in Brighton, England. From the same year, until 1995, he helped organize an upland farmer's cooperative and environmental group on Mount Banahaw.
In 1998, Howie became one of the host of GMA 7's documentary show i-Witness together with other journalists. They tackle issues to show what really happens that many people doesn't know or choose not to know. He is also seen on Saksi at a segment called Sidetrip. He's other TV show is Sine Totoo, a program that shows behind the scenes of the reporters' work.
Severino is also an award winning journalist and gained many titles including the country's "top environmental reporter" according to the International Herald Tribune.
Howie's wife is Ipat Luna, a multi-awarded environmental lawyer and a son, Alon Roberto. And his father is Ambassador Rodolfo Severino, s secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) from 1998 to 2002.
His TV career was that of an accident, he submitted a full video footage of a burial method that required a rotting corpse to remain in a "death chair" and offered prayers by his tribe. ABS-CBN refused the footage and luckily, GMA 7's Probe Team correspondent Cheche Lazaro liked the video and was shown on air with Howie writing the script and doing the voice over. After which he got signed up on contractual then later as a regular.
In 1998, he did a documentary show called i-Witness that until now gives awareness to many Filipino's on many unknown issues. This show won many international awards. He is also a segment show on Saksi called Sidetrip in which he takes people to exotic places in the Philippines. He is also the host of GMA's Sine Totoo, a behind the scene look on their works. All shows are still airing on the network.
In 2007, he released a DVD compilation comprising of ten of his most memorable documentaries in a decade of his career. The DVD compilation is called "Ten Years of Howie Severino."
Aside from his wide field of work, he also won many distinct awards and recognitions; in 1995, his article about poisoning of Filipino farmers won the JVO Grand Prize for Investigative Reporting in 1995, a Lasallian Award in 2005 for his documentary entitled "Little Bad Boy" that shows Jose Rizal's love affairs, in June 2006, he gained the title of Investigative Journalist of the Year and Broadcast Journalist of the Rotary Club of Manila and again winning both awards in 2007 putting him on their hall of fame.
Today, he is one of the country's most awarded journalist.
- Howie Severino and his wife are both vegetarians.
- Before becoming a full time journalist, he worked as a choirboy, a newspaper delivery boy, a cook at McDonald's , a pretzel vendor, and a teacher at the Ateneo de Manila High School.