World Press Freedom Day 2017
Chief Executive Officer and Executive Editor, Rappler
Maria Ressa is the CEO and executive editor of Rappler, a social news network that uses a hearts -and -minds approach to news through a unique mood navigator, combining professional journalism with citizen journalism and crowdsourcing. Maria Ressa has been a journalist in Asia for nearly 30 years, most of them as CNN’s bureau chief in Manila then Jakarta. She was 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.” In 2005, she took the helm of ABS-CBN News and Current affairs in the Philippines.