Voice of America

Voice of America provides trusted and objective news and information in 45 languages to a measured weekly audience of more than 187 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 launches ‘Extremism Watch’ webpage

VOA’s Extremism Watch desk monitors news related to extremism around the world. It takes an in-depth look at the stories behind the headlines to give audiences what most Western media do not report.

VOA showcases career diversity of fellows at the Young African Leadership Initiative Summit

Interviews by VOA’s Africa Division and Central News bring to life the tremendous diversity of career challenges of more than 130 YALI fellows.

Nigerian first lady visits VOA; focuses on women’s and children’s health

During her first visit to the Voice of America, Nigeria’s first lady, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, called VOA “an encouraging source of communication” that facilitates dialogue between citizens and their governments around the world.

BBG networks carry Trump speech live

As a part of their on-going coverage of the U.S. election process, the BBG networks provided live coverage of Donald Trump’s acceptance speech in six global languages.

BBG networks provide thorough coverage of failed coup attempt in Turkey

For many people in Turkey, Iran, Russia and other places around the world, the networks served as the only source of accurate and unbiased coverage of the failed coup.


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.

VOA Hausa Service journalist receives Burke Award

Burke Award, Broadcasting Board of Governors (2015)

Voice of America reporter Ibrahim Ahmed is among the recipients of the 2015 David Burke Distinguished Journalism Award, announced December 16 in Washington. The awards honor the courage, integrity and professionalism of individuals in reporting the news on U.S. government international media.

Radio Ashna receives award for raising health awareness

Health Awareness Recognition Award, Ministry of Health (2015)

Ministry of Health sent a certificate for the recognition of Dr. Njibullah Ahmad's contribution in creating awareness in the health sector, who hosted Radio Ashna's popular health call in show.

VOA receives award for religion reporting

Award for Excellence in National Network/Cable News Religion Reporting, Religion Newswriters Association (2015)

Religion Newswriters Association names winners of 2015 Awards for Excellence in Religion Reporting. The award for Excellence in National Network/Cable News Religion Reporting went to Mike O’Sullivan of Voice of America.

VOA receives award for Google Glass coverage

Multimedia/Online Journalism Award, Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association (2015)

The "Google Glass & Other Wearables" won the award of Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association in the Multimedia/Online Journalism category.

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. For reservations or more information, call (202) 203-4990 or visit www.VOAtour.com.

“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