Maria A. Ressa


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Maria has been a journalist in Asia for more than 25 years, most of them as CNN’s bureau chief in Manila then Jakarta. She became CNN’s lead investigative reporter focusing on terrorism in Southeast Asia and wrote "Seeds of Terror: An Eyewitness Account of al-Qaeda’s Newest Center of Operations in Southeast Asia" (Free Press, 2003). The book was the first from the region documenting the growth of Jemaah Islamiyah and its links to Al-Qaeda.

In 1987, Maria was one of the founders of independent production company, Probe. In 2005, she took the helm of ABS-CBN News and Current affairs, for 6 years managing more than 1,000 journalists for 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.

She taught courses in politics and media for her alma mater, Princeton University, as well as in broadcasting at the University of the Philippines. Her latest book, "From Bin Laden to Facebook," is part of her work as the Author-in-Residence and Senior Fellow at the International Centre for Political Violence & Terrorism Research in Singapore. She was named the Southeast Asia Visiting Scholar at CORE Lab at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

Despite documenting some of the worst disasters and uprisings in Southeast Asia, she believes in the goodness of human nature and in the transformative powers of media and technology.

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 ...

Jun 2017
PHILIPPINES 02:35pm, Jun 03, 2017
Casino targeted with suicide attack because it’s ‘haram’ – ISIS

MANILA, Philippines – A Filipino ISIS operative responded to police statements on Friday, June 2, that claimed the Resorts World attack was a robbery. “The police is covering up,” wrote "Semion ...

IN-DEPTH 12:44am, Jun 03, 2017
Terrorism and ISIS at Resorts World attack?

MANILA, Philippines – The gunman enters the casino, shoots indiscriminately, then sets fire to the gambling tables. Ultimately, smoke from the fire kills at least 36 people. Philippine police ...

May 2017
PHILIPPINES 12:25pm, May 08, 2017
ISIS planning more attacks in PH and region – terror expert

MANILA, Philippines – The Islamic State, also known as ISIS, IS or ISIL, claimed it carried out two consecutive weekend attacks in Manila on April 28 and May 6, both of which were denied by ...

Jan 2017
IN-DEPTH 06:13pm, Jan 27, 2017
Filipino millennial joins ISIS in Syria

MANILA, Philippines – He is a millennial – the only identified Filipino fighting in Syria for ISIS, the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, also known as IS, ISIL or Daesch. On June 21, 2016, he ...

PHILIPPINES 09:16am, Jan 24, 2017
Rappler Talk: Baker Atyani's 18 months with the Abu Sayyaf

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the Abu Sayyaf is still holding 25 hostages in the southern Philippines. Rappler's Maria Ressa, who handled the crisis ...

Oct 2016
NEWSBREAK 12:23pm, Oct 08, 2016
How Facebook algorithms impact democracy

Part 2 Read Part 1: Propaganda war: Weaponizing the internet MANILA, Philippines – 34-year-old Mocha Uson is a singer-dancer who grew her Facebook page with sex advice and sessions in the bedroom ...

PHILIPPINES 07:00pm, Oct 03, 2016
Propaganda war: Weaponizing the internet

Part 1 of 3 MANILA, Philippines – On Saturday, September 3, 2016, the day after the Davao bombing, at least one anonymous Facebook account began to share a March 26, 2016 Rappler story, "Man with ...