Voice of America

Voice of America provides trusted and objective news and information in 45 languages to a measured weekly audience of more than 236.8 million people around the world.  For over 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 specific 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’s “Let’s Learn English” series aids firefighters in Mexico

A team of six firefighters from Chihuahua, Mexico, used the VOA Learning English series “Let’s Learn English” (LLE) earlier this year to improve their spoken and written English language skills. They were preparing to attend a five-month firefighting academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that will begin in February 2018, and found that the series prepared them well for their entrance exam.

Audiences around the world turn to the BBG for the State of the Union

Audiences around the world, including in some of the most media-repressed countries, were able to watch President Trump’s first State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday evening, thanks to the networks of the BBG. The extensive coverage, which included the Democrat response by Representative Joe Kennedy, was distributed to more than 100 countries.

Iranians turn to USIM networks for critical information during protests

From the beginning, Iranians turned to trusted news sources to gather and share information: Voice of America’s Persian Service and RFE/RL’s Radio Farda.

Voice of America used social media to make an impact in 2017

The global network’s impact was worldwide, even in challenging media environments, according to the annual numbers released by the Broadcasting Board of Governors through its Performance and Accountability Report (PAR).

Covering elections around the world, a VOA critical issues roundtable

VOA invites you to a roundtable discussion with some of our frontline journalists that cover elections in global hotspots who will be joined by representatives of nongovernmental organizations and academia who study democratic practices internationally.


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

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

VOA Africa Division’s newest digital interactive won second place in the data visualization category at the ceremony held 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)

The Making of the Constitution was awarded a Finalist Certificate as an educational interactive.

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 is the 2016 recipient of the Peter Mackler Award.

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.


“I am a long-time listener of VOA. In the 1970s, I listened to VOA secretly as it was labeled ‘the enemy station.’ In the 1980s, I was able to record VOA radio programs on cassette tapes. Today I download your video programs.”

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