Maria Ressa

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Maria Ressa
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Born Manila, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Occupation Journalist
Notable credit(s) CEO of Rappler

Maria Ressa is a Filipino journalist and the Chief Executive Officer of the Rappler online news website.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Maria studied molecular biology and theater at Princeton University.[2] She then applied for a Fulbright Fellowship, with which she completed her Masters in journalism at the University of the Philippines Diliman.[3]

Her first job was at CNN where she worked for nearly two decades, serving as Manila Bureau Chief from 1988–1995 and as Jakarta Bureau Chief from 1995-2005. As CNN’s lead investigative reporter in Asia, she specialized in investigating terrorist networks.[4] In an open letter dated October 11, 2010, Ressa noted that she will not renew her six-year contract with CNN.[5] She became an author-in-residence at The International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR) of Nanyang Technological University's S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore.[6]

From 2004 to 2010, Maria headed the ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs division of ABS-CBN.[7]

She has contributed write-ups for CNN [8] and The Wall Street Journal.[9]


Over the duration of her journalism career, Maria Ressa has won the Overseas Press Club Award for Best Documentary, the National Headliner Award for Investigative Journalism, an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Investigative Journalism, the Asian Television Awards, TOWNS – Ten Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (Philippines) and TOYM Philippines.[10][11]

In 2010, Esquire magazine proclaimed Ressa as the Philippines' "sexiest woman alive", explaining: "Despite her size, fearless enough to write an eyewitness account of Al-Qaeda."[12]

In 2016, she was listed as one of the 8 most influential and powerful leaders in the Philippines by Kalibrr.[13]

In November 2017, Ressa, as the CEO of news organization Rappler, accepted the 2017 Democracy Award awarded by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) to three organizations at the forefront of the battle to combat disinformation at its annual Democracy Award Dinner in Washington, D.C entitled "Disinformation vs. Democracy: Fighting for Facts".[14]

In June, 2018, Ressa also became the recipient of the World Association of Newspapers's Golden Pen of Freedom Award for her work with Rappler.[15]


In January 22, 2018, as the CEO of Rappler, Maria Ressa appeared before the Philippines National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), to comply with the subpoena over an online libel complaint issued on January 10 to Ressa, former Rappler reporter Reynaldo Santos, and businessman Benjamin Bitanga. The subpoena was filed in October 2017 by businessman Wilfredo Keng, after Rappler published a story on Keng lending his sports utility vehicle to impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona.[16]


  1. ^ Arsenault, Adrienne (27 April 2017). "'Democracy as we know it is dead': Filipino journalists fight fake news". CBC News. 
  2. ^ "Maria Ressa : HuMan of the year". Spinbusters. Archived from the original on 3 October 2013. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Garceau, Scott (4 August 2013). "The expat files". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Life, the news, and Maria Ressa by Doreen Yu
  5. ^ Maria Ressa's letter to ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs
  6. ^ Maria Ressa invited to author a book on the Asian terrorism threat
  7. ^ "Palace: No media censorship on Rappler". The Manila Times. 16 January 2018. 
  8. ^ Spreading terror: From bin Laden to Facebook in Southeast Asia
  9. ^ Noynoy Flunks his First Test
  10. ^ Lungay, G.J. "Maria Ressa - Achievements". Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "Local Female Leaders". Islands Society. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  12. ^ Maria Ressa-The Sexiest Woman Alive Atlas
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  14. ^ erodriguez (2017-11-02). "2017 Democracy Dinner Explores the Global Threat of Disinformation". Retrieved 2018-03-01. 
  15. ^ Albeanu, Catalina (7 June 2018). "Maria Ressa, executive editor of Rappler, receives Golden Pen of Freedo". Retrieved 8 June 2018. 
  16. ^ "Rappler CEO Maria Ressa faces NBI over online libel complaint". cnn. Retrieved 2018-03-01.