Voice of America

Voice of America provides trusted and objective news and information in 45 languages to a measured weekly audience of more than 236.6 million people around the world.  For nearly 75 years, VOA journalists have told American stories and supplied content that many people cannot get locally: objective news and information about the US, their region and the world.  VOA uses the devices and platforms target markets use to connect audiences on five continents with the people, thoughts and institutions that make America unique.

VOA uses digital, web, and mobile media to engage viewers, listeners, users, and friends. Radio and television broadcast to approximately 3,000 affiliates and satellite transmissions reach countries where free speech is banned or where civil society is under threat. VOA’s four mobile apps have registered more than 1 million downloads and cater to users on all major mobile platforms. With the largest audience of all U.S. international media, VOA continues to be a beacon of hope for underserved audiences who yearn for information about freedom of expression, civil society, and change.

Recent Highlights

Voice of America reporter harassed by police forces in Erbil

On Saturday, March 4, Ahmed Ghafur Hakim, a contributing reporter for the VOA Kurdish language service, was picked up by police near a large gathering of people in the city of Erbil in the Iraqi Kurdistan region.

Current Time: the independent Russian-language news network

The Atlantic Council, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), and Voice of America (VOA) held an official launch of the new Russian-language 24/7 digital TV network, Current Time.

Current Time network launches real news, for real people, in real time

Current Time, an up-and-coming player in the Russian media market, will mark on Tuesday, February 7 the formal launch of its 24/7 digital and TV stream.

Voice of America airs four-part series “Boko Haram: Terror Unmasked”

Voice of America airs the first installment of a four-part broadcast series, “Boko Haram: Terror Unmasked,” that provides an unprecedented look inside one of the world’s deadliest extremists groups.

Voice of America celebrates 75 years

"It's been 75 years since we first began broadcasting objective news and information around the world," said VOA Director Amanda Bennett. "And now, I think what we do here is more important than ever."

Awards

VOA Burmese Reporter Receives Humanitarian Award

Prachabdi Award, Thai Royal Family (2016)

A 20-year veteran stringer of the Burmese service of the Voice of America was honored this month by the royal family of Thailand with the “Prachabdi Award” for Human Rights and Humanitarian efforts.

Voice of America blog editor honored by The Washington Center

Outstanding Internship Site Supervisor, The Washington Center (2016)

VOA journalist Kathleen Struck and the team of VOA blog Student Union — an online community for international students in the U.S. and those who want to study here – has received this semester’s highest honor for their teamwork and mentorship from The Washington Center.

VOA’s Digital Project Wins Second Place at African Media Awards Competition

Best Data Visualization Project, 2nd place, World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) (2016)

“How Long Have Africa’s Presidents Held Office?” The answer to this question can be found at VOA Africa Division’s newest data visualization project that won second place in the data visualization category at the Africa Media Awards in Johannesburg, South Africa on September 30.

VOA wins finalist certificate for the Education/Instructional category

Finalist certificate, Education/Instructional category, New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards (2016)

At the New York Festivals International TV and Film awards, VOA won a Finalist certificate in the Education/Instructional category for The Making of the Constitution, produced by Kelly Jean Kelly as part of the VOA Learning English series, The Making of a Nation. The series teaches U.S. history by telling the stories of major events and personalities since the country’s founding.

VOA wins finalist certificate in Special Report category

Finalist certificate, Special Report category, New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards (2016)

Produced by VOA reporter Chris Simkins, the series takes an in-depth look at the 1965 measure that outlawed racial discrimination in voting.

Take a Tour of VOA Headquarters

Take a behind-the-scenes look at VOA through our guided audio-visual Studio Tour. Learn more about our history and the regions to which we broadcast, and watch broadcasters during live TV and radio programs. Visit www.VOAtour.com for more information.

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