Melvin C. Gascon has been news and photo correspondent of Philippine Daily Inquirer, one of the country’s leading dailies under its Northern Luzon Bureau, since 2000. He covers the four provinces comprising Cagayan Valley, which include Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino, as well as the province of Ifugao in the Cordillera region.
In 2006, he won second prize in the investigative category of the Jaime V. Ongpin Awards for Excellence in Journalism for his piece on the effects of mining activities in Nueva Vizcaya. An investigative piece he earlier wrote also won first prize in a writing competition among fellows of the 2005 Graciano Lopez-Jaena Journalism Workshop, sponsored by the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication. He is also a writing fellow of Vera Files, the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, and Newsbreak.
For the past 10 years, he has also been an instructor of journalism at Saint Mary’s University, a Catholic-run academic institution in Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya, and used to host “Sa Totoo Lang”, a weekly news and commentary radio program over dwRV Radyo Veritas. He is also a regular lecturer of journalism seminars not only in Cagayan Valley but also in other parts of the country.
He was once editor in-chief of the FCT Group of Publications, Inc. which owns and produces three newsweeklies in Region 2, namely City Star based in Santiago City in Isabela; Vizcaya Vanguard, based in Solano, Nueva Vizcaya; and Quirino Quest, based in Cabarroguis, Quirino.
He has two degrees: Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Secondary Education, Major in English.