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

VOA Turkish provides extensive coverage of Turkish President Erdoğan’s visit to the U.S.

A video, captured by VOA Turkish, of a brawl that broke out between visiting Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s supporters and pro-Kurdish demonstrators circulated quickly online and reached 3 million people in the first 12 hours after it was posted online.

Voice of America launches staff experts resource

The Voice of America unveiled a repository of VOA journalists, senior leaders and technical specialists designed to assist journalists from other media outlets in finding the VOA staff members they need to enhance coverage of a particular issue or topic.

VOA wins Bronze Medal at New York Festivals International TV and Film Awards ceremony

The Voice of America won a Bronze World Medal during the 2017 New York Festivals International TV and Film Awards gala at the National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas on April 25, 2017.

VOA Urdu launches new television show in Pakistan

View360, a daily news magazine show for Pakistan launching April 17, will provide its Pakistani audience objective and impartial news, as well as analysis on national and international events.

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.


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 Learning English educational program a finalist at New York Festivals

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.

Eloge Kaneza of VOA’s Kirundi Service honored for his courage

Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism, Global Media Forum Training Group (GMFTG) (2016)

Journalist Eloge Willy Kaneza, a representative of a collective of mostly anonymous reporters in Burundi, where press freedom is threatened, is the 2016 recipient of the Peter Mackler Award, which rewards courage and journalistic ethics.

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.


“My daily life starts at 6 a.m. by dedicating 30 minutes to listening to VOA. I am an avid listener of VOA because you are fair, professional, and balanced, which all add up to the fact that you are the station I love to fear.”

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari