Maria Ressa is a prominent figure in international journalism, having served as CNN’s bureau chief in Manila and Jakarta during 25 years. Her work, largely focused on investigative reporting and terrorism, has been widely acclaimed, and she has been a recipient of an Asian Television Award in 1999 and a Ferris Professorship of Journalism at Princeton University in 2001, among other recognitions.
She also authored Seeds of Terror: An Eyewitness Account of Al Qaeda’s Newest Center of Operations in Southeast Asia , published by Free Press in 2003, and From Bin Laden to Facebook: 10 Days of Abduction, 10 Years of Terror, published by Imperial College Press in 2003. In 2005, as Head of News and Current Affairs for ABS-CBN, the country’s largest media network, she was responsible for leading more than a thousand journalists in the Philippines across various platforms. In 2013, she co-launched her newest venture, Rappler, an independent social news website tailored for the Southeast Asian market that features content in Bahasa and English.