Maria Ressa

Maria Ressa

Maria is CEO and Executive Editor of Rappler, a social news network which uses a hearts and minds approach to news through a unique mood navigator. Rappler combines the best of professional journalism with citizen journalism and crowdsourcing. She has been a journalist in Asia for more than 30 years, most of them as CNN’s bureau chief in Manila. Maria was CNN’slead 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. She has taught courses in Politics and the Press in Southeast Asia for her alma mater, Princeton University and in broadcast journalism for the University of the Philippines. She worked on her second book, From Bin Laden to Facebook as Author-in-Residence and Senior Fellow at the International Centre for Political Violence & Terrorism Research in Singapore.

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