Maria A. Ressa
Author-in-Residence, International Centre for Political Violence & Terrorism Research
S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies
Nanyang Technological University
Maria Ressa has been a journalist in Asia for more than 25 years, nearly two decades as CNN’s bureau chief in Manila then Jakarta. As the former CNN lead investigative reporter focusing on terrorism in the region, Ms. Ressa wrote the region’s first book documenting the growth of Jemaah Islamiyah and its links to Al-Qaeda, Seeds of Terror: An Eyewitness Account of Al-Qaeda’s Newest Center of Operations in Southeast Asia. For the past six years, she determined strategic direction and managed about 1,000 journalists for ABS-CBN, the largest multi-media, multi-platform news operations in the Philippines. Her work aimed to redefine journalism, combining traditional broadcast, new media and mobile phone technology for social change.
A graduate of Princeton University, she taught courses in broadcasting and political science at the University of the Philippines and Princeton. Her next book’s working title is 10 Days, 10 Years: From Bin Laden to Facebook.