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Nonny de la Peña    

Founder & CEO of Emblematic Group; Known as "The Godmother of Virtual Reality"

Nonny de la Peña was selected by Wired Magazine as a #MakeTechHuman Agent of Change and has been called “The Godmother of Virtual Reality” by Engadget and The Guardian. Additionally, Fast Company named her “One of the People Who Made the World More Creative” for her pioneering work in immersive storytelling. As CEO of Emblematic Group, she uses cutting-edge technologies to tell important stories -- both fictional and news-based -- that create intense, empathic engagement on the part of viewers.

A New America Fellow, Yale Poynter Media Fellow and winner of the Knight Innovation Award and a former correspondent for Newsweek, de la Peña has more than 20 years of award-winning experience in print, film and TV. De la Peña is widely credited with helping create the genre of immersive journalism and her virtual reality work has been featured by the BBC, Mashable, Vice, Wired, and many others. Showcases around the globe include the Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals, The World Economic Forum in Davos, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, and Games For Change. She is currently a member of the BAFTA Virtual Reality Board.

A former correspondent for Newsweek magazine, writer for The New York Times and other major news organizations, de la Peña's start in virtual reality began in 2006.


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Five years ago, Nonny de la Peña, a journalist and former Newsweek correspondent, wanted to cover hunger in Los Angeles. But she didn't want to just write ...
Virtual Reality, Empathy and the Next Journalism | WIRED
Her Twitter handle is ImmersiveJourno. She's been called “The Godmother of Virtual Reality.” Journalist Nonny de la Peña's mission is to tell tough, real-life ...

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