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…

Memorial Weekend Tributes for the Ages

The New York Times edition of Sunday, May 24 was an eye-catching tribute to nearly 100,000 American fatalities of the coronavirus pandemic. The entire front page of that unprecedented issue of the Times consisted of victims’ names in small type, top to bottom. Page 1’s listing of six columns continued for 10 columns more on…

Humanitarian Challenges in a Coronavirus Era

Over the last weekend in April, the worldwide total of new COVID-19 cases declined over a three day period for the first time in weeks. The total death toll, however, was close to reaching 3,000,000 around the globe. Unprecedented efforts by medical doctors and nurses and those heeding stay-at-home restrictions appear to have slowed the…

White House Criticism of VOA, Unprecedented in its 78 year History

The Voice of America is the nation’s largest publicly-funded international broadcaster, reaching 280,000,000 multimedia users in 47 languages each week, many of whom access it daily for honest, balanced and accurate world news. To most senior VOA officials, past and present, including this writer, an unsigned White House blog on April 9, 1600 Daily, omitted…