Maria Ressa


October 20, 2021

Maria Ressa (Manila, October 2, 1963) is a Philippine naturalized American journalist. Co-founder of the Rappler journalistic site, in the second half of the 2000s she stood out for criticism of the work of the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in the context of his "war on drugs", being arrested and convicted of online defamation for her activities of she. In 2021 she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov for "their effort to safeguard freedom of expression, a precondition for democracy and lasting peace." democracy and information launched by "Reporters Without Borders". Previously, she spent nearly two decades working as an investigative reporter in Southeast Asia for CNN.


Ressa was born in Manila in 1963 when her mother was 18 years old. Ressa's father died when she was one year old. Her mother then moved to the United States, leaving her daughter and sister with her father's family, but returning often to visit them. Subsequently, she married an Italian-American and took both daughters to the United States when she was ten. Ressa was adopted by her stepfather and took her surname. Her parents then moved to Toms River, New Jersey, where she attended Toms River High School North, a public school. She Ressa studied molecular biology and theater at Princeton University, where she graduated with honors in English and degrees in theater and dance in 1986. She then earned a Fulbright Fellowship to study political theater at Diliman University of the Philippines.

Professional activity

She plays the role of CEO of the online news website Rappler. Maria Ressa won the Overseas Press Club Award for Best Documentary, the National Headliner Award for Investigative Journalism, an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Investigative Journalism, the Asian Television Awards, TOWNS - Ten Outstanding Women in the Nation's Service (Philippines) and TOYM Philippines. In 2015, the Philippine Movie Press Club awarded Ressa the Lifes Achievement Excellence In Broadcasting award. In 2016 she was listed by Kalibrr as one of the eight most influential and powerful personalities in the Philippines. In November 2017, Ressa, as CEO of Rappler, received the 2017 Democracy Award awarded by the National Democratic Institute to three organizations at the annual Democracy Award dinner in Washington, titled Disinformation vs. Democracy: Fighting for Facts. In June 2018, Ressa was named the winner of the World Association of Newspapers Golden Pen of Freedom Award for her work with Rappler. In December 2018 she was included in Time's Person of the Year 2018 cover dedicated to journalists "guardians of the truth." In recent years, her news site Rappler ( has become one of the main critics of Rodrigo Duterte's presidency and his policy of "extrajudicial executions" against drug dealers and users. For this reason, Maria Ressa was violently attacked by President Duterte and by circles close to him. In a public intervention of May 7, 2019, reported in a long article in the New York Times Magazine (article of October 15, 2019, published in the paper edition of the newspaper on October 20, 2019), Maria Ressa states: our duty as journalists, yet I have undergone eleven trials in the last year and a half. I had to pay bail eight times in three months. I've been arrested twice and detained once. '


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