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Amanda Bennett

Chief Executive Officer

Amanda Bennett is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, investigative journalist and editor. She was named Director of Voice of America in March 2016, serving until June 2020. Previously she was Executive Editor of Bloomberg News, where she created and ran a global team of investigative reporters and editors; Editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer; Editor of the Herald-Leader in Lexington, Kentucky; and a managing editor at The Oregonian in Portland, Oregon. Bennett served as a Wall Street Journal reporter for 23 years, including stints in Toronto and Beijing. She has also been a contributing columnist for The Washington Post.

Bennett shared the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting with her Journal colleagues, and in 2001 led a team from The Oregonian to a Pulitzer for public service. Projects she led or edited won awards including Loeb, Polk, Barlett & Steele, Headliners, Society of American Business Editors and Writers and Overseas Press Club Awards. A 1975 graduate of Harvard College, Bennett was a member of the board of the Pulitzer Prizes and served as co-Chair of the Pulitzer Board in 2010. She has also served on the boards of the Lenfest Institute, the German Marshall Fund, and the Committee to Protect Journalists. She is the author of six nonfiction books.

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