December 2, 2021

Advancing Peace and Democracy Through Storytelling

Filipino-American journalist and author, the co-founder and CEO of Rappler, and ExchangeAlumni Maria Ressa has been working tirelessly to safeguard the freedom of expression in the Philippines. For her efforts, she was awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, alongside Dmitry Muratov, who was recognized for his work in advocating for freedom of expression in Russia.  

As the first-ever Filipino Nobel Prize laureate, Maria represents journalists who stand up for the freedom to express one’s thoughts and beliefs in a world in which democracy and freedom of the press are often under threat.

Maria’s work focuses primarily around exposing abuse of power, use of violence and growing authoritarianism in her native country. In 2012, the ExchangeAlumni co-founded Rappler, a digital media company that works to combat disinformation and strengthen government accountability.  

Maria was also included in Time's Person of the Year 2018 as one of a collection of journalists from around the world combating fake news. 

Congratulations, Maria, for your extraordinary work in strengthening democracy!