Maria A. Ressa


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The CEO and Executive Editor of, Maria is one of the founders of the 6-year-old company, that is one of the leading online news organizations in the Philippines.

Maria has been honored around the world for her courageous and bold work in fighting disinformation, “fake news” and attempts to silence the free press. In 2018, she was named Time magazine's "Person of the Year" and won the prestigious Golden Pen of Freedom Award from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-INFRA), the Knight International Journalism Award of the International Center for Journalists, the Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award of the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Journalist of Courage and Impact Award of East-West Center, and the IX International Press Freedom Award of University of Málaga and UNESCO, among others.

She has been a journalist in Asia for more than 30 years. She was CNN’s bureau chief in Manila then Jakarta, and became CNN’s lead investigative reporter focusing on terrorism in Southeast Asia. She authored two books – Seeds of Terror: An Eyewitness Account of al-Qaeda’s Newest Center of Operations in Southeast Asia and From Bin Laden to Facebook.

In 1987, Maria co-founded independent production company, Probe. In 2005, she managed ABS-CBN News and Current affairs, the largest multi-platform news operation in the Philippines. Her work aimed to redefine journalism by combining traditional broadcast, new media and mobile phone technology for social change.

For speaking enquiries, Maria is represented by ProjectSpeaker.
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May 2020
THOUGHT LEADERS 07:23am, May 04, 2020
[OPINION] How Lighthouse gave us hope

Embrace your fear: a lesson I learned when I was young, now even more relevant as we enter week 8 of a pandemic lockdown. That’s what Rappler learned to do after nearly 4 years of government attacks ...

Mar 2020
RAPPLER NEWSLETTERS 03:32pm, Mar 16, 2020
#CourageON: All in... together!

Crisis is opportunity – that’s how we at Rappler learned to handle the attacks of the Duterte administration and keep on mission the past few years: To do our job holding the powerful – both the ...

Oct 2019
BLOG 03:31pm, Oct 09, 2019
Remembering teachers who shape our lives

Note: To celebrate National Teacher's Month and Filipino-American History Month, I'd like to share this weekend in July with you. This first appeared in Rappler's Brave New World newsletter, August ...

Sep 2019
THOUGHT LEADERS 06:00pm, Sep 30, 2019
[OPINION] The role of America's social media platforms in the battle for truth

This is Maria Ressa's keynote speech delivered to a standing ovation from nearly 2,000 journalists at the 11th Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Hamburg, Germany, on September 28, ...

Jul 2019
THOUGHT LEADERS 05:30pm, Jul 24, 2019
[ANALYSIS] #DefendMediaFreedom: Time to act at an existential moment

On July 10 and 11, I was among the more than 1,500 journalists, academics, and civil society activists who joined 60 ministers in delegations from more than 100 different countries to ...

Jan 2019
THOUGHT LEADERS 12:50am, Jan 21, 2019
[ANALYSIS] Facebook let my government target me. Here's why I still work with them.

Editor's Note: The original version of this piece was commissioned and first published online by Time Magazine on January 17, 2019, as part of its series on Facebook and its global impact. This is ...

Dec 2018
RAPPLER NEWSLETTERS 09:05pm, Dec 25, 2018
Christmas and the Lessons of 2018

Editor's Note: This newsletter was first sent on December 23, 2018 on Brave New World. It’s the morning before Christmas day, and in an informal survey on Twitter on Sunday, December 23, more than ...

Jul 2018
BLOG 09:51am, Jul 16, 2018
[OPINION] Brave New World

I have a favorite Yeats poem that I keep repeating every time I feel that I’m living history. The last time I recited it nearly every day was through 13 days in May of 1998, days that turned ...

Nov 2017
THOUGHT LEADERS 11:20am, Nov 03, 2017
Democracy under threat: We will shine the light, we will hold the line

We at Rappler are extremely thankful that on this day, the International Day to End Impunity Against Journalists, our work and our struggles are being recognized by the National Democratic ...

Jul 2017
IN-DEPTH 04:30pm, Jul 02, 2017
ISIS 'sanctioned, if not directed' Resorts World attack – expert

MANILA, Philippines – One month after the Resorts World attack in Manila, terrorism experts tell Rappler they believe the Philippines prematurely dismissed claims by the Islamic State, also known as ...