Pamela Jiles (journalist)

Pamela Jiles
Pamela Jiles Moreno (2018).jpg
Official portrait, 2018
Member of the Chamber of Deputies of Chile
Assumed office
11 March 2018
Preceded by District established
Constituency District 12 of the Santiago Metropolitan Region
Personal details
Born (1960-11-30) November 30, 1960 (age 59)
Santiago, Chile
Nationality Chilean
Political party Humanist Party
Relatives Elena Caffarena (grandmother)
Alma mater Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

Pamela Jiles Moreno[a] (November 30, 1960) is a Chilean journalist and politician, currently serving as a member of the Chamber of Deputies, representing District 12 of the Santiago Metropolitan Region.[1]


Jiles studied journalism at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.[2] She began working as journalist in the 1980s on several magazines against Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship, such as Solidaridad, Apsi and An谩lisis.

In the 1990s, Jiles began working in Informe Especial (Special Report), an investigative journalism program of Televisi贸n Nacional de Chile (TVN). While at TVN, she worked at programs such as Mujeres al borde de..., Siempre Lunes, Unas y otras, Contigo en verano (1997) and En debate (2001).[2]

Jiles left TVN in 2001, and began working as celebrity critic in V茅rtigo (Canal 13) in 2004, where she 鈥 along with Jos茅 Miguel Villouta and Gloria Simonetti 鈥 coined the term "opin贸logo" (opinologist), to name those who talk about celebrities on television.

In 2005, Jiles started to work at TVO, where she conducted Pamela Chile. That year, she appeared in television commercials for Tom谩s Hirsch's presidential candidacy. Shortly after that, on November 14, TVO fired her for "unethical conduct."[3] Between 2006 and 2008, Jiles worked as panelist in S谩lvese Quien Pueda in Chilevisi贸n.

In February 2009, Jiles announced her presidential candidacy in The Clinic, a left-leaning satirical Chilean magazine, using "Somos millones los Jiles" (We are millions of Jiles 鈥 in Spanish the similar-sounding giles means idiots) as her slogan.[4][5] In July 2009, Alejandro Navarro, the Broad Social Movement candidate, announced his presidential candidacy in company of Jiles; this was interpreted to mean that Jiles withdrew her candidacy, but she later denied it on her website.[6] However, shortly after that she stepped out of the presidential race and instead ran for a seat in the Chamber of Deputies on Navarro's list of candidates, without success.

In November 2017, representing the Humanist Party in conjunction with the political coalition "Frente Amplio", Jiles won the Chamber of Deputies elections on her respective district (District 12) along with another six candidates, including Camila Vallejo.[7]

She's the granddaughter of politician, lawyer and feminist activist Elena Caffarena.


  • Crimen bajo Estado de sitio (with Mar铆a Olivia M枚nckeberg and Mar铆a Eugenia Camus), 1986.[2]
  • Poes铆as sexuales, La Naci贸n, 2004.[8]
  • Fantas铆as sexuales de mujeres chilenas, 2004.[9]
  • Confesiones sexuales de hombres chilenos, Editorial Grijalbo.[10]
  • Maldita far谩ndula, Editorial Catalonia, 2007.[11]