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Voice of America provides trusted and objective news and information in 45 languages to a measured weekly audience of more than 275.2 million people around the world.  For over 75 years, VOA journalists have told American stories and supplied content that many people cannot get locally: objective news and information about the US, their specific region and the world.  VOA uses the devices and platforms target markets use to connect audiences on five continents with the people, thoughts and institutions that make America unique.

VOA uses digital, web and mobile media to engage viewers, listeners, users, and friends. Radio and television broadcast to approximately 3,000 affiliates and satellite transmissions reach countries where free speech is banned or where civil society is under threat. VOA’s four mobile apps have registered more than 1 million downloads and cater to users on all major mobile platforms. With the largest audience of all U.S. international media, VOA continues to be a beacon of hope for underserved audiences who yearn for information about freedom of expression, civil society, and change.

Recent Highlights

Voice of America launches “Our Voices,” a Pan-African women’s show

This new VOA show aims to open conversations with African women – and men – on critical political, economic and social issues, encouraging women to insist on their place at the table.

VOA begins broadcasting in Lingala language

VOA becomes the first international broadcaster to air content in Lingala, the language spoken in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central Africa Republic and Angola.

Haiti: Digital reporting on hostile environment

Eighteen journalists from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, participated in a two-day workshop on Digital reporting on hostile environment organized by USAGM’s Office of Business Development.

VOA Contributor Greta Van Susteren Spotlights the Rohingya Refugee Crisis in Testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee

Greta Van Susteren, VOA contributor and host of weekly TV show Plugged In, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs at a hearing on “Genocide Against the Burmese Rohingya.” 

Martin Luther King: A Global Vision for Justice

Voice of America and American University team up to explore little-known facts about the conscious connection between Dr. King and African leaders with a live special edition of VOA’s Straight Talk Africa.

Awards

Voice of America wins Bronze World Medal at New York Festivals Awards

Bronze World Medal, New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards(2018)

VOA News Center’s TV series Off The Highway won the Bronze medal in the Coverage of Continuing News category. The series gives VOA audiences insight into a different American perspective and a glimpse into parts of the U.S. not as frequently covered as urban centers along the east and west coasts.

Voice of America wins Gold World Medal at New York Festivals Awards

Gold World Medal, New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards(2018)

The Voice of America won Gold World Medal during the 2018 New York Festivals International TV and Film Awards gala at the National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas on April 10, 2018 for its feature-length documentary Boko Haram: Journey from Evil.

VOA’s The Air Force’s Quiet Crises wins CAPBA’s Outstanding News Series award

Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association (CAPBA) awards, Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association(2017)

Voice of America won Outstanding News Series for The Air Force’s Quiet Crises, at the 2017 Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association (CAPBA) awards. The series covers the U.S. Air Force’s inability to carry out all planned missions due to a shortage of pilots and ground crews to service the aircraft. Pentagon Correspondent Carla Babb and Photographer/Editor Mike Burke produced the series.

American Muslim Portraits wins Best in Show – Television at CAPBA awards

Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association (CAPBA) awards, Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association(2017)

Voice of America won Best in Show – Television for American Muslim Portraits, at the 2017 Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association (CAPBA) awards. The series profiles a diverse group of U.S. Muslims and was created by Carolyn Presutti, Bezhan Hamdard, Mike Burke, and Jeff Swicord.  

VOA’s American Muslim Portraits wins Outstanding Digital Feature Project

Outstanding Digital Feature Project, Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association(2017)

Voice of America won Outstanding Digital Feature Project for American Muslim Portraits, at the 2017 Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association (CAPBA) awards. The series profiles a diverse group of U.S. Muslims and was created by Carolyn Presutti, Bezhan Hamdard, Mike Burke, and Jeff Swicord.  

Take a Tour of VOA Headquarters

Take a behind-the-scenes look at VOA through our guided audio-visual Studio Tour. Learn more about our history and the regions to which we broadcast, and watch broadcasters during live TV and radio programs. Visit www.VOAtour.com for more information.

VOA

“I think that programming such as VOA´s is very important because you reach out to all corners of the world where you can find a child or young girl, a woman or housewife, that are asking themselves, ‘how am I going to provide a better future for my daughter.' They listen to these programs and think: ‘Oh! This woman is a congresswoman, and this other one is an economist and that one is an astronaut.' Thanks to VOA, oppressed women all around the world can hear these voices.”

Rep. Ileana Ros-LehtinenAn interview with VOA Spanish Radio reporter Gioconda Reynolds for International Women’s Day.