As a 36-year veteran of the Voice of America (VOA), Alan Heil traveled to more than 40 countries a foreign correspondent in the Middle East, and later as director of News and Current Affairs, deputy director of programs, and deputy director of the nation’s largest publicly-funded overseas multimedia network. Today, VOA reaches more than 275 million people around the world each week via radio, television and online media. Read More

VOA Staff Protests Against Attempted Censorship Erupt in Waning Days of the Trump Administration

Less than a week before the end of President Trump’s term in office January 20, at least 30 VOA journalists and staff members petitioned for the immediate resignation of its new director Robert R. Reilly, and his recently appointed deputy director Elizabeth Robbins.  As the Washington Post reported: “Simmering tensions between journalists and managers at…

Climate Change: Fresh Initiatives in 2021?

In a lead editorial entitled “The Plague Year,” The Economist minces no words: “Like the COVID-19 endemic, climate change is impervious to populace denials, global in the destruction it causes and will be far more costly to deal with in the future if it is neglected now. “Something good can come from the misery of…

A Fresh Look at U.S. Overseas Broadcasting

Linked via ZOOM, two dozen veteran practitioners and scholars of the impact of the nation’s five overseas international broadcasters joined December 16th in discussion of the networks’ future under a Biden administration. Among the expert panelists as lead participants: Amanda Bennett and David Ensor. Former Voice of America Directors Martha Bayles and Peter Pomerantsev, scholars…

Thanksgiving’s Legacy: Rays of Hope

The ingenuity of hopeful humanity, from a 27-year-old environmental activist in India to President-elect Joseph Biden in United States.  Both have faith that a bright day for weary, afflicted humans the world over must follow a grim winter for mounting victims of the greatest pandemic tragedy (COV-19) this century. According to Washington Post reporter Taniya…

Looking Ahead to U.S. International Broadcasting in 2021

President-elect Biden has taken a promising first step to ensure that the five networks uphold that reputation by naming former Under Secretary of State Richard Stengel and Time Magazine columnist as director of a Biden transition team for international broadcasting and other foreign policy assets. America’s five U.S. overseas government multimedia networks face a crucial…