Cristi Hegranes is the CEO of Global Press and the Publisher of Global Press Journal.
Cristi founded Global Press in 2006 to create a new form of ethical, accurate global news. Her values-driven approach to journalism prioritizes dignity, diversity and transparency.
In her role as CEO and Publisher, Cristi leads the business side of the organization, which is committed to keeping editorial processes 100 percent independent. Cristi is an expert in local journalist security. She created the industry-leading Global Press Duty of Care program to provide for the physical, emotional, digital and legal security of its journalists. The program establishes best practice for care of local journalists in challenging markets.
Previously, she had a successful career as a journalist for Village Voice Media in New York and San Francisco. She has a Master’s degree in journalism from New York University and a Bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Cristi served as a fellow-in-residence at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida and has taught courses in entrepreneurship and journalism at San Francisco State University and California State University. Cristi was the Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University in 2017.
Recognized for developing a high-quality, sustainable model of international journalism that is rooted in the perspective of local communities, Cristi has received a wide range of prestigious social entrepreneurship and journalism accolades. She is the recipient of the Society of Professional Journalists Journalism Innovation Prize, the Grinnell CollegeYoung Innovator for Social Justice Prize, the Jefferson Award for Public Service and the Ida B. Wells Award for Bravery in Journalism. She became an Ashoka Fellow in 2012 and was awarded the Distinguished Young Alumni of New York University in 2015. She also serves on the advisory boards of Article 22, an innovative jewelry company, and DigDeep, a water-rights organization.
Cristi lives in Washington D.C. with her mischievous English Bulldog, Louise.