Maria Teresa Ronderos

Journalist, Independent

Maria Teresa Ronderos is a Colombian journalists. She was formerly the director of the Open Society Program on Independent Journalism, overseeing efforts to promote viable, high-quality media, particularly in countries transitioning to democracy. She previously worked at Semana, Colombia’s leading news magazine, where she served in a range of senior editorial roles. Together with the Ideas for Peace Foundation, she has been the creator and editor-in-chief of, a website that has covered armed conflict in Colombia since 2008. She authored the bestselling book on armed conflict in her country, Guerras Recicladas, for which she was awarded the Simon Bolivar National Award for “Journalist of the Year” in 2015. She serves on the boards of the Garcia Marquez Iberoamerican Foundation for New Journalism and the Columbia School of Journalism Cabot Awards. She has served on the boards of the Committee to Protect Journalists and Flip, Colombia’s Foundation for Freedom of the Press, where, as chair, she worked to protect the lives of journalists in danger. Ronderos has trained professional journalists from across Latin America and led workshops, online courses, and seminars on investigative journalism, politics, and social and economic issues. In 2013, Ronderos and her team at won the Simon Bolivar National Award, Colombia’s highest journalism award, for best investigative reporting. Ronderos has also received the King of Spain Iberoamerican Award in Madrid and the Maria Moors Cabot Award from Columbia University.

Maria is speaking at

Crime & Corruption
September 26, 2019
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Lecture Hall 200, HafenCity Universität (HCU)



This special panel features two award-winning teams that have exposed unsettling stories of mass killings in Mexico and The Philippines. Mago Torres and Marcela Turati are part of Quinto Elemento, which helped produce “The Country with 2,000 Graves,” a chilling look at the grave sites that criss-cross Mexico as a result of the country's drug war. Reuters' Clare Baldwin and Andrew Marshall shared a Pulitzer Prize this year for what the Pulitzer Committee called "relentless reporting that exposed the brutal killing campaign behind Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs." These are smart, gutsy stories using a variety of journalism techniques.

September 27, 2019
9:00 am - 10:15 am
Atrium, Der Spiegel



Sophisticated, cross-border projects, pioneered by global organizations, are increasingly being done at the regional level, and the results are impressive. Come hear top editors and reporters from Southeast Asia, West Africa, Latin America, and Europe explain how they are collaborating -- and investigating -- across borders on corruuption, crime, the environment, and more.

Nonprofits & New Models
September 27, 2019
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Room 2.015, HafenCity Universität (HCU)



With investigative journalism increasingly dependent on a philanthropic model of support, what are the long-term implications for the profession? Advertisers have long influenced media owners and publishers. Will foundation officers and wealthy donors take their place? What kind of impact and relationship do donors really expect? Are they in it for the long haul, or is muckraking just a fad in philanthropy? How can newsrooms maintain both editorial integrity and healthy working relationships with donors? Join a group of innovative grant makers and nonprofit media organizations for a candid roundtable conversation about the dynamics of donor-funded media, and explore best practices for donors and media working together to ensure journalism can play its essential role in supporting accountability, transparency, and progress.   

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