America’s Presidential Transition: Quick Action Needed after Vice President Joe Biden’s decisive electoral win

A record number of U.S. voters cast ballots in the November 3 Presidential election, more than 150 million people. The latest electoral votes are reported as 306 for former vice president Biden and 232 electoral votes for President Trump. Some recounts are still underway, but most U. S. historians say that Joseph R. Biden will…

America’s Publicly-Funded Overseas Networks: An Unrelenting Crisis

The threat to the five international multimedia U.S. networks, at times, seems unrelenting. These networks are a key public diplomacy aspect of the nation’s outreach to at least 100 countries around the world.  Herewith, a summary of the ongoing debate about prospects for their future. In an editorial on October 28, the Washington Post headline…

Leading U.S. Members of Congress and Media Organizations Support VOA Foreign Journalists whose visa renewals may be at risk

The Washington Post and New York Times have been joined by the National Press Club and PEN America in requesting newly-appointed U.S. international broadcasting CEO Michael Pack to quickly extend guest visas of non-citizen VOA staff members. These 76 journalists are essential to the Voice, the nation’s largest government-funded global multimedia overseas network that reaches…

VOA Director Amanda Bennett and her Deputy Resign to Clear the Way for Michael Pack to head Nations Largest Global Media Outlet

After four years and two months of innovative leadership at the Voice of America, Ms. Bennett and her deputy Sandy Sugawara issued a statement on June 15 saying: “It’s time for us to leave. This morning, we sent our resignations to Michael Pack, the newly-arrived CEO of the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM). In…