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.

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 ...

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 ...