Maria Ressa aka Maria Angelita Ressa is an Author, CEO of Rappler, and Filipino American journalist. In October 2021, Maria was awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize jointly with Dmitry Muratov for their work in safeguarding freedom of expression. Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Tweeted “I’m so thrilled that journalist @MariaRessa has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. If you’re new to her work, listen to our conversation from February about how she’s taken on the Duterte regime and disinformation on Facebook—armed only with the truth.” Risa Hontiveros who is the Senator of the Philippines wrote “She has made our country stronger. She has shown that Filipinos cannot simply be silenced. She has taught us that we have courage. She has taught us that we can hold the line. Thank you and my warmest congratulations, @mariaressa.” Later, Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres wrote on Twitter “Congratulations @mariaressa and Dmitry Muratov on your Nobel Peace Prize. This recognition is a reminder that no society can be free without journalists who can investigate wrongdoing & speak truth to power. Press freedom is vital for peace, justice and human rights.”
Maria Ressa Net Worth
$2 Million to $3 Million USD
Maria Ressa attended Toms River High School North and graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts, then studied political theater at the University of the Philippines Diliman. She was one year old when her father passed away and her mother moved to the United States and married an Italian-American man leaving Maria and her sister with their late father’s family. When Maria was ten years old her mother returned and took both her daughter to the United States. After graduating she joined government station PTV 4, and from January 1987 to December 2004 she worked as the Manila Bureau Chief at CNN. During her tenure, Maria served as CNN’s lead investigative reporter in Asia focusing on terrorism, Al-Qaeda, and the growth of radical Islam highlighted in several series of exclusive reports and documentaries. Following next, she also served as Jakarta Bureau Chief at CNN until 2005. From January 2005 to January 2011, Maria worked as Senior Vice President at ABS-CBN.
In January 2012, she founded Rappler, an social news network combining traditional journalism with social media, crowdsourcing, and big data, the site became one of the first multimedia news websites in the Philippines and a major news portal in the Philippines. Besides this, she is the author of From Bin Laden to Facebook: 10 Days of Abduction, 10 Years of Terrorism and Seeds of Terror: An Eyewitness Account of al-Qaeda’s Newest Center of Operations in Southeast Asia. In her career, she won several awards including the Excellence in Broadcasting Lifetime Achievement award at the 29th PMPC Star Awards for Television, 2017 Democracy Award by the National Democratic Institute to three organizations, Knight International Journalism Awards, World Association of Newspapers’s Golden Pen of Freedom Award, Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award, Columbia Journalism Award from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.
The estimated Net Worth of Maria Ressa is between $2 Million to $3 Million USD.
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