BBG Oct Meeting

BBG Meeting Outlines Activities in the Middle East and New Strategic Priorities

At its Oct 8 meeting, the BBG delved into the strategic priorities of the BBG Board and of newly-appointed CEO John Lansing, and to hear a detailed update on MBN operations and programming. Read More



Internet Access is Changing Behaviors in Africa

BBG and Gallup release research indicating that going online has a measurable impact on the activities, attitudes and behaviors of people in Ethiopia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Cote d'Ivoire. Read More

Khadija Imprisoned

BBG Denounces Sentencing of Azeri Journalist 

"We are appalled by today's verdict," said BBG Chairman Jeff Shell. "This sentence is clearly retribution for Khadija exposing government corruption and sends a warning shot to other journalists in the country."  Read More


VOA Hosts Malala at the Newseum

Malala, the well-known activist for the empowerment of women and the youngest Nobel Prize winner, was in Washington Sunday to take part in an event hosted by the Voice of America’s Deewa Radio and Television Service in cooperation with the Newseum.  Read More


African and American Lives Come Together on Vous Et Nous

From pop-culture to education and health to technology, music and fashion, Vous et Nous is a new fast-paced, 30-minute program featuring young leaders who are working to make a difference. Read More

Annual Report

BBG Releases its 2014 Annual Report

The BBG’s 2014 Annual Report details the agency’s  activities and growing impact around the world. Visit the multimedia, interactive digital version.

Azerbaijan Raids RFE/RL Baku Bureau


(WASHINGTON – December 26, 2014)  The Baku bureau of RFE/RL’s Azerbaijani Service has been sealed shut following a raid this morning by police and investigators from the state prosecutor’s office, which appears to be intended to silence one of the country’s last independent media outlets. RFE/RL editor-in-chief and […]

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VOA’s Ilir Ikonomi Honored by the Union of Albanian Journalists

Albanian President Bujar Nishani presents VOA journalist Ilir Ikonomi with Lifetime Achievement Award.

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Ilir Ikonomi, team leader of VOA’s Albanian Service, has received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Union of Albanian Journalists, Albania’s most important journalistic organization. The award was presented to Ikonomi by Albania’s president, Bujar Nishani, in a ceremony held in Tirana on […]

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BBG Welcomes New Members, Examines IBB

Governor Ryan Crocker speaking at the December 18 meeting of the Board

WASHINGTON – With the announcement of three new members, the Broadcasting Board of Governors met today at its Washington, D.C. headquarters to examine in detail the function, structure and activities of the International Broadcasting Bureau. The IBB manages the transmission, distribution, digital media development, marketing, […]

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Burke Awards Ceremony 2014


Broadcasting Board of Governors will present the 2014 David Burke Distinguished Journalism Awards on December 18, 2014, at 12:00 p.m. The 2014 winners are honored for their exceptional integrity, bravery, and originality in reporting. The winners represent each of the BBG networks and have tackled […]

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VOA and RFE/RL Report on Pakistan Tragedy

Paramedics and family members rushing a student injured in the Peshawar attack to safety. (Courtesy: Arshad Mohmand / VOA Deewa Radio)

Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty had extensive coverage of Tuesday’s tragic school massacre in Peshawar, Pakistan, with reporters on the ground, multimedia reports, and breaking news coverage of the attack. VOA’s Deewa Radio and Urdu Service, which broadcast to Pakistan, had minute-by-minute […]

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Senate Confirms Ambassador Kornbluh to the BBG

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WASHINGTON – The United States Senate last night unanimously confirmed Ambassador Karen Kornbluh to serve on the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees all U.S. government-supported civilian international media. “Karen’s international media expertise, experience and insight will be tremendous assets for the BBG,” said Chairman […]

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VOA Exclusive: Diamonds and the Death of the Central African Republic

A man who gave his name as Sylvain said he was in charge of the anti-balaka militia in the region around Boda. Armed mainly with machetes, the militia groups now control the rich diamond mining areas in the southwest part of CAR. Sept. 18, 2004 (VOA/Bagassi Koura)

WASHINGTON, D.C.— How do diamonds fuel a cycle of poverty and violence? A riveting multimedia report by VOA tells how the diamond trade did just that in the Central African Republic.The report opens with a video shot of a boy sifting through muddy water for […]

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VOA Ukrainian Marks Its 65th Anniversary

VOA Director David Ensor (L) with Ukrainian Service Chief Adrian Karmazyn at the 65th Anniversary Ceremony

WASHINGTON, D.C. —At a celebration at VOA headquarters in Washington honoring the launch, on December 12, 1949, of VOA’s first broadcast in Ukrainian, that nation’s ambassador announced that a journalist in the Ukrainian Service will receive a prestigious honor from Kyiv. Ambassador Oleksandr Motsyk said […]

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Tech-Savvy Young Audience Gives Big Numbers to VOA Hausa


WASHINGTON, D.C. —It has been a record-breaking time for the digital platform of VOA’s Hausa Service, which broadcasts to Nigeria and other Hausa-speaking areas of West Africa. On December 10, 1.1 million single day page views were recorded across the three VOA Hausa sites — […]

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  • The Board

    • Jeffrey Shell
    • Dr. Leon Aron
    • Matt Armstrong
    • Michael Kempner
    • John Forbes Kerry
    • Karen Kornbluh
    • Kenneth Weinstein
    • vacant