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

A record for Voice of America’s global audience growth

Voice of America’s global weekly audience hit a record in 2016, surpassing every projection and growing by nearly 50 million — the largest jump ever in a single year. Now 236.6 million people around the world consume VOA’s programs, compared to 187.7 million in 2015, according to new figures released November 15 by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the federal entity that oversees all U.S. civilian international media, including the Voice of America.

VOA documentary screening of “Faith in Freedom: The Journey of Muslim American Candidates”

Follow the campaigns of four Muslim American immigrants seeking office in city, state, and national government.

VOA reports spurs offers of help for Malawi farmer

A VOA report on a 34-year-old university graduate from Malawi, who shunned a traditional career path for farming, has resulted in many offers of help for the young woman.

VOA Afghan program helps launch literary school for women

Twenty-one Afghan women have enrolled in an adult literacy class thanks to a connection made by Najiba Noshaba, VOA radio program for women.

BBG networks cover 9/11 anniversary

Coverage includes highlighting observances, the attacks’ legacy on its survivors and the effect on the United States foreign policy.


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.

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.

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.

“I liked best the program on Kosovo youth who are faced with ISIL and a lack of job prospects because I thought such issues were only faced by Somali youth”

Somali businessman, 29VOA Somali Qubanaha viewer for two years