Pia Ranada is senior political reporter at Rappler, a news website and social news network based in Metro Manila. She is best known for her probing coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte, which prompted him to ban her from the presidential palace during his final term in office, which ended in June 2022.
During her time covering Duterte, Ranada used frequent invitations to speak to academic and news industry groups to advocate for press freedom as the president became increasingly aggressive in his efforts to force Rappler to close.
Ranada also hosts a podcast, Seat of Power, on political leadership for Rappler and a one-on-one interview show called Rappler Talk Newsmaker in which she interviews top government officials, politicians and advocates. In addition to politics, Ranada has reported extensively on the environment, climate change and the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
- How a Merry Band of Fellows Healed My Soul
The JSK Fellowship helped restore this jaded political reporter’s faith in the power of human connection.
- Journalists as community builders, not just watchdogs
As I explore the question of trust and democracy, I wonder how journalists can more radically embrace a role that creates bonds and linkages.
- Design thinking for trust
Online disinformation is eroding trust between journalists and the public. Design thinking is helping me explore solutions.