Gary Thatcher, a veteran journalist and editor, joined USAGM in 2002. He was project manager for Radio Sawa, the ground-breaking Arabic radio network that debuted in 2003. From late 2003 until early 2004, he served in Baghdad as Director of Strategic Communications for the Coalition Provisional Authority.
Prior to joining the U.S. government, he was foreign and national editor of the Chicago Tribune, supervising the Tribune’s worldwide and U.S. news bureaus. He was also national editor of The Christian Science Monitor, and served as an editor or correspondent in Boston, Atlanta Johannesburg, Washington and Moscow. He was also deputy director and acting director of Radio Free Europe in Munich during the opening of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Soviet Union.
Thatcher is recognized as one of the US government’s top experts in intentional interference with satellite broadcasts. He has been a member of the official US delegation to the International Telecommunications Union since 2012.