Cristi Hegranes 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.
She has a Master’s degree in journalism from New York University and a Bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University. Cristi served as a fellow-in-residence at the Poynter Institute 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. She is part of the 2021 Dial Fellowship of the Emerson Collective for her work with Global Press.
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. In 2019 Global Press was named one of Inc. Magazine’s best places to work and received a Stevie Award for the Best Women-Led Business of 2019.
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