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Pamela Jiles (journalist)
Official portrait, 2018
|Member of the Chamber of Deputies of Chile|
11 March 2018
|Preceded by||District established|
|Constituency||District 12 of the Santiago Metropolitan Region|
|Born|| (1960-11-30) November 30, 1960
|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.
Jiles studied journalism at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. She began working as journalist in the 1980s on several magazines against Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship, such as Solidaridad, Apsi and Análisis.
In the 1990s, Jiles began working in Informe Especial (Special Report), an investigative journalism program of Televisión 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).
Jiles left TVN in 2001, and began working as celebrity critic in Vértigo (Canal 13) in 2004, where she – along with José Miguel Villouta and Gloria Simonetti – coined the term "opinólogo" (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 Tomás Hirsch's presidential candidacy. Shortly after that, on November 14, TVO fired her for "unethical conduct." Between 2006 and 2008, Jiles worked as panelist in Sálvese Quien Pueda in Chilevisión.
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 – in Spanish the similar-sounding giles means idiots) as her slogan. 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. 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.
She's the granddaughter of politician, lawyer and feminist activist Elena Caffarena.
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