Washington, D.C. — Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Board of Directors has named Jamie Fly as the company’s President and CEO, effective February 16, 2021. Mr. Fly resumes his leadership of RFE/RL after serving in the role from August 2019 to June 2020.
“I am excited to return as RFE/RL President to lead the organization during these challenging times,” said Fly. He continued, “I am proud of the journalists and staff at RFE/RL who, despite the pressures of the pandemic and challenges to RFE/RL’s commitment to journalistic integrity and editorial independence, continued to focus on their mission on the front lines of media freedom to bring unbiased news and information to those who need it most. It will be an honor to be working side by side with them once again.”
“My colleagues and I on the RFE/RL Board of Directors are thrilled that Jamie has agreed to return to his duties in Prague,” said RFE/RL Board Chairperson, Amb. Karen Kornbluh. “From Belarus to Russia to Afghanistan and everywhere in between, RFE/RL journalists are playing a vital role to independently report news and offer a credible alternative to misinformation. Jamie’s understanding of geopolitics, his passion for democracy and human rights, and his appreciation for RFE/RL’s mission are needed more than ever as RFE/RL faces challenges across its coverage area.”
Fly, who was first appointed as RFE/RL President in August 2019, comes back to RFE/RL after serving as Senior Fellow and Senior Advisor to the President of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), based in Berlin, Germany. A recognized foreign policy thought leader and proven manager, Fly served previously as a Senior Fellow at GMF, where he also was Director of the organization’s Future of Geopolitics and Asia programs and Co-Director of its Alliance for Securing Democracy. Fly has previously worked as a senior staffer in the U.S. Congress, on the National Security Council staff, and at the U.S. Department of Defense.
Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty is a private, independent international news organization whose programs — radio, Internet, television, and mobile — reach influential audiences in 23 countries, including Russia, Ukraine, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the republics of Central Asia and the Caucasus. It is funded by the U.S. Congress through USAGM.
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