SHE-LOGY: Digital Leaders
Celebrating women leaders and initiators of news websites.
She is one of my inspiring Filipino women while I was growing up. She was then CNN news reporter, with a distinct and powerful voice. I remembered wishing to be a journalist just like her.
- Her first job was immediately at CNN. She was CNN’s lead investigative reporter in Asia, specializing in investigating terrorist networks. Videotapes of her coverage of terrorism were found in what experts believe to be Osama bin Laden’s private videotape collection in Afghanistan.
- Studied molecular biology and theater from Princeton University, applied for a Fulbright Fellowship, with which she completed her Masters in Journalism at the most prestigious university in the Philippines (UP Diliman).
- Served as head of ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs Department.
- Authored the book Seeds of Terror, a detailed account of Al-Qaeda hideouts in Asia.
- In late 2010, Esquire magazine hailed her as the Philippines’ sexiest woman alive, citing her fearlessness in writing an eyewitness account of Al Qaeda “despite her size.”
She is the founder and CEO of the leading news website in the Philippines called Rappler.
RAPPLER, dubbed “The Social News Network”, is known for pioneering new forms of multi-platform storytelling on the Internet.
- She is an author and syndicated columnist, radio co-host,
- She wrote a book titled The Female Woman, attacking the Women’s Liberation movement in general and Germaine Greer‘s 1970 The Female Eunuch in particular. In the book she wrote, “Women’s Lib claims that the achievement of total liberation would transform the lives of all women for the better; the truth is that it would transform only the lives of women with strong lesbian tendencies.”(Wikipedia)
- In 2003, she ran as an independent candidate for Governor in the California recall election.
- In 2009, she was named as #12 in Forbes’ first-ever list of the Most Influential Women in Media.
- Her first foray into the Internet was a website called Resignation.com, which called for the resignation of President Bill Clinton and was a rallying place for conservatives opposing Clinton.
She is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post, and President of The Huffington Post Media Group when AOL acquired it for $315M.
THE HUFFINGTON POST, dubbed “The Internet Newspaper”, is an American online news aggregator offering news, blogs and original content. In 2012, it was ranked #1 on the 15 Most Popular Political Sites by eBizMBA Rank. It became the first commercially run US digital media enterprise to win a Pulitzer Prize, considered the highest honor in journalism.
- Currently, SVP & Chief Information Officer at Associated Press
- She has a law degree from George Mason University and a master’s degree in communications-public affairs journalism from American University.
- She was a journalist at AP and USA Today, where she served as Deputy Managing Editor in the Money Section.
- She has been involved with interactive media and technology since the early 1990s. Read her profile at SpokeIntel.
- As CIO of AP, the career accomplishment she’s most proud of is the transformation of the reputation of AP’s IT department. (InformationWeek CIO Profiles)
While she may not be a creator of a news website like Ressa and Huffington, she can practically be considered as one. As SVP of USA Today, she developed the strategic plan for usatoday.com, which she launched in 1995 and ran as publisher for 6 years. She was also charged with developing the newspaper’s wireless strategy.
She led USA Today’s digital operations during what became known as the “watershed event for online news.”
SHE-LOGY is a blog project open to everyone who is interested to celebrate women this whole month of March. If you’re reading this, I extend that invitation to you to contribute post/s about the women you’d like to honor. You can email me at email@example.com. Thank you for reading this.