Rita Ruduša is a veteran Latvian journalist and editor, the former executive director of the Baltic Centre for Media Excellence and the former chair of the board of the Latvian Journalist Association. She entered journalism in the early nineties, during a time of tectonic shifts in European history, and was one of the first foreign correspondents of the newly independent Latvia, working for Diena, the flagship daily and reporting from Moscow.
Rita Ruduša has also spent several years in Prague working as a broadcaster at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and in London as a media researcher at the Open Society Foundations, editing and contributing to the seminal international study Mapping Digital Media. She has held several executive positions in Latvian media - including, most recently, that of commissioning editor for news, current affairs and documentaries at the Latvian Public Television. Rita Ruduša also writes scripts for creative documentaries and is the author of Forced Underground, a book about being gay in Soviet Latvia, and the translator of several books from Czech into Latvian, including Vaclav Havel’s Letters to Olga.