ROSE TIBAYAN | Executive Editor
Rose Tibayan is an award-winning broadcast journalist and digital media entrepreneur. She began her news career as a production assistant with NBC Nightly News in New York City, and went on to become an on-air general assignment reporter and/or anchor at KUAM-TV (NBC) Guam; WINK-TV (CBS) Fort Myers; and WPVI-TV (ABC) in Philadelphia.
Today she is leveraging her reporting skills, lifelong passion for entrepreneurship, and instinct for business, as the driving force of Blackline Review, an online business publication that covers the technology and venture ecosystem in Chicago. The site has received two Telly Awards in news and information.
In 2011, Rose was awarded a Kaiser Family Foundation Health Reporting Media fellowship at KTVU-TV (FOX) San Francisco where she enterprised, wrote, and produced an exclusive three-part public health series called “The Dental Epidemic of Alameda County”. The series received a national 2012 Public Health category award from the Association of Healthcare Journalists (AHCJ). In 2007, she received a Telly Award for “Kansasbio” — a story she produced about the academic, corporate, and government efforts in Kansas City to establish a thriving bioscience ecosystem.
Rose is fluent in Tagalog, has traveled to several continents, and volunteers for several organizations. As an advocate for the Hydrocephalus Association. she tries to make people aware that one form of elderly dementia, Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH), is treatable. NPH is often misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s or Alzheimers (non-treatable dementias). By sharing information about NPH, Rose hope to spare others from experiencing the decade-long misdiagnosis that my late father endured.
As a journalist mentor with the News Literacy Project, she visits Chicago elementary schools and tells students about the values of traditional journalism ― accuracy, sourcing, and ethics. In an effort to reconnect with her ethnic roots, Rose founded the online publication Ligaya, a women’s magazine that chronicles the life and times of Filipino American women, and is one of four founding partners of the Sampaguita Ball, an annual event which rewards select Filipino female college students with partial scholarships.
Rose holds a Master of Arts degree in medical and science journalism from Columbia University in the City of New York, where she was a Robert Wood Johnson Medical Foundation scholar. ✿