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 daily public studio tours no longer require registration

Reservations are no longer required for the Voice of America daily studio tours.

Polygraph.info to speak truth to disinformation

Polygraph is a fact-checking website produced by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) and Voice of America (VOA).

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

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