Washington, D.C. — The United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM) Acting Chief Executive Officer Kelu Chao has replaced the heads of the three U.S.-funded international broadcasting grantees. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), Radio Free Asia (RFA) and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN) now have leadership that will promote democracy and other American values abroad.
“I have great faith in these leaders in ensuring the highest standards of independent, objective, and professional journalism,” said Acting CEO Chao.
In addition, Acting CEO Chao named new corporate board directors for the three grantees, replacing the board directors named by former CEO Michael Pack just days before he resigned at President Biden’s request on January 20. The new directors are Ambassador Karen Kornbluh (chair), Ambassador Ryan Crocker, and Michael Kempner.
“Now more than ever,” said Kornbluh, “U.S. international media must serve as an accurate, reliable source of news and information in places where illuminating truth is needed the most.”
The new leaders at the three grantees are now:
- Daisy Sindelar as Acting RFE/RL President, replacing Ted Lipien; a permanent president will be named shortly.
- Bay Fang returns to her post as RFA President, replacing Stephen Yates.
- Kelley Sullivan as Acting MBN President, replacing Victoria Coates.
President Joseph R. Biden named Chao as Acting CEO on January 20, 2021.
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