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David Ensor

(Former) Voice of America Director

Voice of America Director David Ensor oversees worldwide broadcasting in nearly 50 languages for an estimated 172 million people a week on radio, television, mobile, and the Internet.

Ensor covered the White House, foreign policy, and defense issues for National Public Radio from 1975 to 1980. He was a television correspondent for ABC News from 1980 to 1998 and served as CNN’s National Security Correspondent from 1998 to 2006.

Ensor reported on martial law and Lech Walesa in Warsaw. He covered Middle Eastern terrorism and Pope John Paul II from Rome and the break-up of the Soviet Union from Moscow. He has reported from fighting in Chechnya, Bosnia, El Salvador, and Afghanistan, where he traveled by Soviet tank from Jalalabad to Kabul as the Russians began their withdrawal.

From 2006 to 2009, Ensor was Executive Vice President for Communications and Strategy at the Mercuria Energy Group, an international energy trading and investment firm.

Before joining VOA in June 2011, Ensor was Director of Communications and Public Diplomacy at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.

He is a member of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations and is fluent in French, with a basic knowledge of Polish, Russian and Italian.

Ensor received a B.A. with honors in European History from the University of California, Berkeley in 1974. He is married with two children.

Read David Ensor’s blog From the Director.