Davey Alba

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Davey Alba
EducationDe La Salle University (BA)
Columbia University (MA)
OccupationTechnology journalism

Davey Alba is a technology reporter who reports on Big Tech for Bloomberg News.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Davey Alba was born in Manila, Philippines, and attended De La Salle University, earning a degree in communication arts. Her father is an academic, mother an economic consultant and her sister is VP of a multi-national investment bank. She came to the United States at age 23[2] in 2011. She studied at Columbia University and received a masters in science journalism.[3]


Alba's first job out of training was at Popular Mechanics; she was technology editor and got to test gadgets and phones.[4] She worked as a technology reporter at BuzzFeed News, Wired and Gizmodo before joining The New York Times as a technology reporter in 2019.[3] Her area of coverage was "disinformation and all of its tentacles."[5] In March, 2022, she joined Bloomberg News, covering Google and Big Tech.[1]

In 2018, working at BuzzFeed News, she reported how Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte used Facebook to gain power in the country.[6] For the BuzzFeed News article on Duterte, Alba won two 2019 awards. She was awarded the Livingston Award for International Reporting, documenting how Facebook ignored fake news, fueled the Filipino drug war,[7] and adversely impacted a vulnerable community[2] by enabling Duterte to manipulate public opinion and win election.[8] After Duterte won, the Facebook machinery of manipulating opinion became a state-sponsored one[6] "to punish oppponents, sometimes with death."[7] She won the Mirror Award for Best Story for Journalism in Peril.[9]

In September 2021, Alba interviewed incoming Wikimedia Foundation chief executive officer Maryana Iskander.[10]

Covid controversies[edit]

After reporting on videos supportive of President Trump's recommendation for the use disinfectants in the treatment COVID-19,[11] Davey was the target of "weaponized harassment." Davey reports that she was targeted as a reporter who is an immigrant, a woman and a person of color.[12] In April of 2022, she wrote an article critical of Robert Malone,[13] "who bills himself in public appearances as the inventor of mRNA technology."[14] Malone has been described as spreading misinformation about the disease, claiming that mRNA vaccines are not effective.[15]


  • Alba, Davey (2020-08-14). "Debunking 3 Viral Falsehoods About Kamala Harris". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-08-16.
  • Alba, Davey (2020-07-28). "Twitter limits Donald Trump Jr.'s account after he shares virus misinformation". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-08-15.
  • Alba, Davey (2020-08-05). "Facebook Must Better Police Online Hate, State Attorneys General Say". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-08-16.
  • Local news partisanship, Alba interview on The Daily. Retrieved October 29, 2020


  1. ^ a b Roush, Chris (2022-03-23). "Bloomberg hires Alba from NY Times to cover Google, Big Tech". Talking Biz News. Retrieved 2022-09-27.
  2. ^ a b Corp, ABS-CBN. "This Pinay Is The New York Times' New Tech Reporter". Metro.Style. Retrieved 2020-08-16.
  3. ^ a b "Meet Our New Tech Reporter: Davey Alba". The New York Times Company. 2019-07-19. Retrieved 2020-08-14.
  4. ^ "Davey Alba, M.A. Program Alumna, Wins 2019 Livingston and Mirror Awards". apply.jrn.columbia.edu. Retrieved 2020-08-14.
  5. ^ Bureau, INQUIRER net US (2019-07-25). "New York Times hires Filipina technology reporter". INQUIRER.net USA. Retrieved 2020-08-16.
  6. ^ a b "Duterte's Drug War And The Human Cost Of Facebook's Rise In The Philippines". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved 2020-08-14.
  7. ^ a b "2019 Livingston Winners Announced". Wallace House. 2019-06-04. Retrieved 2020-08-15.
  8. ^ "Duterte's Facebook-Fueled Rise to Power: Manipulating Public Opinion to Capture an Election". The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. 2019-11-19. Retrieved 2020-08-16.
  9. ^ "Past Winners". Mirror Awards | Newhouse School at Syracuse University. Retrieved 2020-08-16.
  10. ^ Alba, Davey (2021-09-23). "Wikipedia's next leader on preventing misinformation: 'Neutrality requires understanding.'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-09-23.
  11. ^ Frenkel, Sheera; Alba, Davey (2020-04-30). "Trump's Disinfectant Talk Trips Up Sites' Vows Against Misinformation". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-08-16.
  12. ^ "NY Times reporter Davey Alba on covering COVID-19 cssment#typesonspiracy theories, facing online harassment". Committee to Protect Journalists. 2020-05-21. Retrieved 2020-08-16.
  13. ^ Alba, Davey (2022-04-03). "The Latest Covid Misinformation Star Says He Invented the Vaccines". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-04-04.
  14. ^ "In-Depth: Did Robert Malone invent mRNA vaccines in San Diego?". KGTV. 2022-01-28. Retrieved 2022-04-04.
  15. ^ "A vaccine scientist's discredited claims have bolstered a movement of misinformation". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2022-04-04.