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Voice of America

Voice of America provides trusted and objective news and information in 47 languages to a measured weekly audience of more than 280.9 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

VOA reports first known employee with COVID-19 infection

The Voice of America confirms the first case of 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) in one of its employees. Laboratory testing confirmed this diagnosis. This individual was last in the VOA headquarters building on March 11, 2020, became sick, went home and immediately went for testing which was performed the following day. This individual is in good condition and is isolated to prevent the spread of infection to others. The entire VOA workforce sends its best wishes to the employee for a rapid and full recovery.

VOA statement on efforts to restrict U.S. media operations in China

The Voice of America joins with its colleagues at The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post in condemning China’s recent moves towards restricting U.S. media operations in China. Chinese authorities just announced moves that will curtail U.S. journalists—including those from the Voice of America—from operating inside China. Such restrictions on the free press are wrong and we stand firm in our commitment to free press operations in China and around the world.

VOA’s Kurdish reporter wins Burke Award

“I can’t think of anyone else that is more deserving of this award than Zana Omer,” said VOA Director Amanda Bennett. “His courage, determination and dedication to the mission of the Voice of America has been exemplary and his contribution to our programming unparalleled.”

Awards

VOA wins Clarion Award for Cambodia Adrift

(2019)

VOA’s Khmer language service won in the online journalism-special news section category for its digital special report Cambodia Adrift, which covered the run-up to the 2018 elections in that country.

VOA documentary ‘Displaced’ wins Clarion Awards

(2019)

The Voice of America won a Clarion award in the television documentary program – national category for its documentary Displaced.

VOA’s documentary Displaced receives Gabriel Award

(2019)

The Voice of America received a Gabriel Award for its film Displaced, which documents the experiences of the Rohingya Muslim refugees currently living in the Kutupalong camp in Bangladesh.

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.

““It is not possible to get the truth from domestic Chinese sources. In order to get the truth in China, one has no choice but to become a faithful listener to the Voice of America.””

Wei Jingsheng, Chinese dissident

1998