Voice of America

Voice of America provides trusted and objective news and information in 47 languages to a measured weekly audience of more than 236.6 million people around the world.  For nearly 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 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

Freelance Somali cameraman working for VOA killed in Saturday’s blast: Mogadishu

Ali Nur Siad, a freelance cameraman, was killed in Saturday’s bomb blast in Mogadishu while working VOA Somali reporter Abdulkadir Mohamed Abdulle, who was among those wounded in the attack.

Historic first visit to the Balkans by a VOA Director

The Voice of America’s role as a source of unbiased and objective news and a model for regional media was the primary theme of Amanda Bennett’s recent trip to the region.

President of Montenegro honors the Voice of America with the National Award of Recognition

Montenegrin President Filip Vujanović awarded his nation’s premier honor to the network as it marked the 75th anniversary of successful broadcasting in the Balkan nation.

VOA hosts roundtable discussion on the critical issue of global press freedom

VOA’s frontline journalists joined representatives of media watchdog groups and professional journalism organizations in a discussion about challenges and threats to press freedom worldwide.

VOA captures Best in Show TV prize at 2017 Chesapeake AP Awards

The network also won awards for Outstanding Digital Feature Project and Outstanding News Series at the annual awards banquet.


VOA Burmese reporter receives humanitarian award

Prachabdi Award, Thai Royal Family (2016)

A 20-year veteran stringer of the Burmese service of the Voice of America was honored this month by the Royal family of Thailand with the “Prachabdi Award” for Human Rights and Humanitarian efforts.

Voice of America blog editor honored by The Washington Center

Outstanding Internship Site Supervisor, The Washington Center (2016)

VOA journalist Kathleen Struck and the team of VOA blog Student Union — an online community for international students in the U.S. and those who want to study here — has received this semester’s highest honor for their teamwork and mentorship from The Washington Center.

VOA’s digital project wins second place at African Media Awards

Best Data Visualization Project, 2nd place, World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) (2016)

VOA Africa Division’s newest digital interactive won second place in the data visualization category at the ceremony held September 30.

VOA Learning English educational program a finalist at New York Festivals

Finalist certificate, Education/Instructional category, New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards (2016)

The Making of the Constitution was awarded a Finalist Certificate as an educational interactive.

Eloge Kaneza of VOA’s Kirundi Service honored for his courage

Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism, Global Media Forum Training Group (GMFTG) (2016)

Journalist Eloge Willy Kaneza, a representative of a collective of mostly anonymous reporters in Burundi is the 2016 recipient of the Peter Mackler Award.

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.


“Historians now acknowledge that the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe were major contributors to the bringing down the then Soviet Union. There’s no doubt about it.”

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ)