Tess Bacalla, a freelance journalist from the Philippines, has written on a host of issues dealing with corruption and other socio-political issues, as well as women and children. She was a recipient of the 2004 Jaime V. Ongpin Excellence in Journalism (Investigative Category) and the 2006 Developing Asia Journalism (Women and Development Category) awards. She has been a fellow of the Bangkok-based Southeast Asian Press Alliance, the Marshall MacLuhan Fellowship in Canada, and Media 21 Fellowship in Geneva, Switzerland.
A graduate of A.B. Mass Communication, she has written, among others for the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, Manila Times, Health Today, Business World, Jakarta Post, and the now-defunct World Executive’s Digest. As an editor, she has edited books for the United Nations Children’s Fund, John Wiley and Sons, the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia, and the Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
She was the regional editor of Inter Press Service Asia-Pacific between 2009 and 2010. At present she writes for Vera Files, a media organization in the Philippines, teaches journalism at De La University in Manila, and occasionally conducts media training.
Next to writing, which is her main passion, she enjoys traveling a lot.