Maria Ressa, Investigative Journalist and CEO of Rappler, To Receive The Columbia Journalism Award
Maria Ressa, an investigative journalist and CEO of the online publication Rappler in the Philippines, will be presented the 2019 Columbia Journalism Award on Wednesday, May 22. Ressa was recognized by the Journalism School’s faculty “for the depth and quality of her work, as well as her courage and persistence in the field.”
The award, established in 1958, is made annually by the faculty to recognize a journalist for outstanding accomplishments and a singular journalistic performance in the public interest.
Ressa, a journalist in Asia for more than 30 years, is executive editor of Rappler, which she co-founded in 2012. She helped turn it into one of the most influential and innovative news organizations in the Philippines. She was CNN’s bureau chief in Manila, then in Jakarta, and later became CNN’s lead investigative reporter, focusing on terrorism in Southeast Asia. She has 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 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, digital media and mobile phone technology for social change.
Ressa 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 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.
In December, Ressa was named by TIME magazine among “The Guardians and The War on Truth” — a series celebrating journalists fighting to report fairly in the face of violence, oppression, and accusations of “fake news."
To watch the Journalism School Graduation Ceremony on May 22, 2019 visit: https://youtu.be/fRma3csIjfU