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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’s Worth of a Girl project wins a 2020 Clarion Award

The Voice of America won a 2020 Clarion Award for its online reporting project, Worth of a Girl, about the practice of child marriage, which has entangled one in five women globally in lives of limited education and opportunities.

VOA documentary wins a Gabriel award

The Voice of America won a Gabriel Award for its documentary Hell and Hope about the plight of Yazidi girls abducted by ISIS terrorists in 2014 from Sinjar province in Iraq. VOA producer Amish Srivastava and correspondent Dakhil Elias traveled to Germany to meet and record interviews with Yazidi girls who escaped captivity and settled in Europe. The Yazidi are members of a Kurdish religious minority found primarily in northern Iraq, southeastern Turkey, and northern Syria.

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.

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“Listening to (Voice of America) was a very, very good way to learn English and to learn world news.”

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (2007-2016)

Interview with VOA UN correspondent Margaret Besheer