Exit interview with Steve Dailisan

By Media Newser Philippines | Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Photo: Steve Dailisan
Steve Dailisan, the longtime GMA News reporter, has left the network. His last day was Sunday.

In a post on his Instagram account published that same day, the Kapuso reporter wrote: "Allow me to thank you all for making me realize the dream of becoming a Broadcast Journalist. I am beyond blessed to have been part of an award winning news organization. Each day has been a memorable and learning experience. ❤️❤️❤️ Sa lahat ng inspirasyon at daan para ako matuto sa industriyang ito, Maraming salamat! 🙏🙏🙏 Hangang sa muli at sa huling pagkakataon, mula sa tahanan ng katotohanan, Ako po si Steeeeeve Dailisan. Officially signing off."

An alum of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Dailisan joined GMA News in 2007 as a graveyard shift reporter. Eventually he would be reassigned to other beats such as politics, business, and transportation.

In addition, he also covered tragedies and natural calamities — such as the MV Princess of Princess of the Stars tragedy in 2008, and typhoon Ondoy and supertyphoon Yolanda — and contributed stories to the public affairs program Brigada, one of which earned him a Silver World Medal at the 2014 New York Festival.

Since 2012, Dailisan also served as anchor of News TV Live, the hourly news bulletin of GMA News TV, and correspondent to the public affairs program Bawal Ang Pasaway Kay Mareng Winnie.

A day after making his announcement, Media Newser Philippines spoke to Dailisan about his decision to leave the Kapuso Network, as well as his plans for the immediate future. This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

Media Newser Philippines: Why did you decide to leave GMA-7?
Steve Dailisan: I felt it's time to go. In my almost 12 years in the industry, I know I was able to fulfill the mission of becoming a reputable reporter and anchor. I never dreamt of replacing anyone nor have I begged to have more in my plate. My heart is filled with gratefulness for the opportunities given to me by GMA-7. Then again, about 2 years ago, when I finished my master's degree, I entertained the idea of landing a job in the corporate arena. That's usually the alternative career for media personalities. But fate led me to believe that there's something more I could do.

MNP: The obvious next question here, of course, is where are you heading next?
SD: I look forward to being a full-time student. It's difficult because somehow you will have to restart your life all over again and it's a 360 degrees shift. I admit I'm not much of a risk-taker. I enjoyed being steady and stable in my comfort zone. But it's time that I face my fears to inspire others. It's never too late to make that one big leap. Realizing a childhood dream will satisfy your what ifs. To feel fear and struggle once more is not the road taken by many but they say it sharpens our personality and our ability to rise again.

I'm not closing my doors to the profession I dearly nurtured and loved. Given the right opportunity, I still look forward to doing documentaries or perhaps host a show? I don't know. Maybe elsewhere? Something that will give more life to my storytelling skill. I will also continue my passion for teaching campus journalism. (Dailisan is a part-time lecturer at his alma mater PUP.)

My personal belief is that knowledge is useless if it is not shared with others. It becomes wisdom if you get others to learn too. I've been in control for the last 12 years of my career. Now I'm letting God dictate my future. I surrender all that I have and just accept what life has to offer.

MNP: What would you consider the highlights of your time at GMA-7?
SD: I am very fortunate that I was able to cover significant stories which form part of history — from the past presidential and midterm election coverages to the MV Princess of the Stars tragedy, Ondoy, Yolanda, etc. The experiences I gained from being on the field, most of the time from "sun up to sun up" tested my patience and dedication.

Stories such as Sipa ng Pagasa (for Brigada) has always been an inspiration to me. You get to appreciate what you have and you learn to be grateful. I am often asked about my most unforgettable story and my usual reply would always be... no matter how big or small a story is, what matters most is how impactful each story has become.

MNP: What did you learn from being a Kapuso for almost 12 years? 
SD: I learned so many things from my bosses at GMA-7. I owe a lot to Sir Howie Severino, Ma'am Marissa Flores, Ma'am Jessica Soho and Ma'am Grace Dela Peña-Reyes. The life of a TV journalist is sometimes viewed to be glamorous. It's not. It is most of the time challenging. It tests your faith, discernment and it teaches you fortitude. It gives you the opportunity to do real public service.

Looking back, it's truly an amazing journey. I will definitely miss doing the kilometric standuppers and of course my extro spiels. But I realized that one has to find his heart and feel the comfort and love of having a family in his workplace. It keeps you sane and it transforms a stressful workplace into livable environment.

My piece of advice to those who are thinking of making that career shift is to just follow your heart. Sincerely pray for God's blessings and the universe will conspire to make it happen. Thank you to everyone who have supported and believed in me and my passion for journalism. Thank you from the depths of my heart. I hope to see you soon.

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