Margarita Ortigas (generally known as Marga Ortigas) is a writer and media communications consultant who previously worked as a correspondent for Al Jazeera English.

Marga Ortigas
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Margarita Ortigas
OccupationWriter, Media Communications Consultant
Years active1991-present


Marga Ortigas is a writer, journalist, and media professional who blogs and does consulting work. She has over 25 years experience in broadcasting in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Early workEdit

Ortigas began her career as a news anchor, reporter, and producer at ABS-CBN, and GMA Network, in the Philippines.[1]

CNN InternationalEdit

Ortigas was a field producer, editor, and reporter with CNN International news based in London from 2000 to 2005 and spent considerable time in Baghdad and the Middle East on assignment. [2][3]

Al Jazeera EnglishEdit

Ortigas was the Senior Asia correspondent for Al Jazeera English, travelling the region extensively for 11 years.[4][5] She covered all aspects including the growth of China, tensions on the Korean peninsula, cross-border and internal conflicts among ASEAN states, and the many natural disasters around Asia. She also reported extensively on both the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013, and the Great East Japan quake in 2011.

Ortigas is one of the original correspondents of Al Jazeera English, having joined the channel at its inception in 2005.

A strong multi-media story-teller,[6] she is on Twitter, Facebook, and other platforms. She also keeps a blog on

In 2011, Ortigas was recognised by the International Committee of the Red Cross for Humanitarian Reporting.[7]

Early lifeEdit

Ortigas was educated at Ateneo de Manila University where she studied journalism and communications, and at the University of Greenwich (UK) where she gained a Masters in Literature as a British Council Chevening scholar. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish and Tagalog.



  1. ^ A babe in Baghdad Archived 2009-11-29 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ - Transcripts
  3. ^ At Least Three Killed in Manila Bus Blast
  4. ^ A Pinay in Al Jazeera Archived 2008-12-26 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Special ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting: Transcript of Press Conference, 19 May 2008 Archived 29 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Ortigas, Marga. "Marga Ortigas - Writer, Media Communications Consultant". Marga Ortigas.
  7. ^ [1] Archived 2011-12-22 at the Wayback Machine

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