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United States Agency for Global Media

330 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20237


Broadcasting Board of Governors

Broadcasting Board of Governors
CHAIR Kenneth Weinstein

Leon Aron
Ryan C. Crocker
Michael W. Kempner
Karen Kornbluh
Jeffrey S. Shell

Ex officio Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo


Deputy Director for Operations Matthew Walsh
Chief Strategy Officer Shawn Powers, Acting
Managing Director Oanh Tran

Financial Grant Turner
Information P. Terry Balazs

Congressional Affairs Ellona Fritschie
Global Communications and Public Affairs Nasserie Carew
Internet Freedom Chad Hurley
Management Services Marie Lennon
Policy and Research (vacancy)
Technology, Services, and Innovation P. Terry Balazs

General Counsel David Kligerman


Middle East Broadcasting Networks Alberto M. Fernandez
Radio Free Asia Libby Liu
Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Daisy Sindelar, Acting

Office of Cuba Broadcasting Tomás P. Regalado
Voice of America Amanda Bennett

Office of Inspector General

Office of Inspector General
Inspector General for the U.S. Department of State Steve A. Linick

The above list of key personnel was updated 7–2019.

The above list of key personnel was updated 7–2019.

The U.S. Agency for Global Media informs, engages, and connects people around the world in support of freedom and democracy.


The first Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) was sworn in on August 11, 1995. Four years later, on October 1, 1999, the BBG became an independent and autonomous entity as a result of the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 (22 U.S.C. 6501 note). On August 22, 2018, as part of a modernization effort, the agency changed its name from the BBG to the United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM). The USAGM still uses the name BBG to refer to its nine-member board.

The BBG comprises nine members who are experts in the field of broadcast media, international affairs, or mass communications. The President appoints eight of the members, and the Senate must confirm them. The ninth member, who is the Secretary of State, serves on the board in an ex officio capacity.

The USAGM posts an organizational chart on its website.

All USAGM broadcast services adhere to the broadcasting standards and principles of the International Broadcasting Act of 1994. These principles and standards support reliable, accurate, and comprehensive news; balanced and comprehensive presentations of U.S. thought, institutions, and policies, as well as discussions on those policies; information on developments throughout the world; and a variety of opinions from nations around the world.


Middle East Broadcasting Networks

The Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Inc. (MBN) is a nonprofit news organization that operates Alhurra and Alhurra-Iraq Television, Radio Sawa, and MBN Digital under a grant from the USAGM. Alhurra Television, Radio Sawa, and MBN Digital offer an open line of communication between the people of the Middle East and the United States. These networks deliver accurate information on the United States, its policies, and its people, from a range of perspectives and with an exchange of ideas on relevant issues. They reach an audience of nearly 25 million Arabic-speakers in 22 countries across the Middle East and North Africa.

Alhurra TV

Radio Sawa

Office of Cuba Broadcasting

The Office of Cuba Broadcasting operates the Martís from its headquarters in Miami, FL. The Martís are a multimedia hub of news, information, and analysis that provides the people of Cuba with interactive programs each day of the week. To broadcast their message, the Martís rely on a combination of high- and low-tech approaches: DVDs, emails, flash drives, Internet, satellite television, shortwave and AM radio, and SMS text. Combined with, they constitute a unique service that brings accurate information to the Cuban people.


Radio Free Asia

Radio Free Asia (RFA) is a private nonprofit news organization that operates under a grant from the USAGM. Broadcasting daily in nine languages to Asian audiences whose governments restrict media, RFA delivers award-winning, reliable news and information. It also allows a range of voices and opinions from within Asia to be heard as a demonstration of freedom of expression over the airwaves, on television, and online. Through shortwave, medium wave, satellite and transmission television, social media, and the Internet, RFA broadcasts in Cantonese, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Mandarin, Myanmar, Uyghur, Vietnamese, and in three Tibetan dialects. Headquartered in Washington, DC, it has eight overseas bureaus and a network of correspondents around the world.

Radio Free Asia—English

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is a private nonprofit multimedia broadcasting corporation whose funding comes from a USAGM grant. It reaches nearly 34 million people in 23 countries—including Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Russia, and Ukraine—in 26 languages. Its journalists provide what many people cannot get locally: uncensored news, responsible discussion, and open debate. RFE/RL uses digital technologies—the Internet, SMS text messaging, online video, satellite radio, and popular social media networks—and conventional broadcast radio to reach people in some of the most closed societies on Earth. With nearly 70 years of surrogate broadcasting experience, it continues to bring diverse, immediate, and interactive content to audiences.

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty—English

Voice of America

The Voice of America (VOA) is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. Government through the USAGM. It began broadcasting in 1942 and now reaches more than 275 million people worldwide. The VOA provides accurate, comprehensive, and trustworthy news and information, as well as informed discussion on the United States and the world. It engages audiences in regions deemed critical to the United States through whatever medium—radio, television, Internet, or digital media—the people of those regions prefer. It broadcasts approximately 1,800 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to a global audience. Programs are produced in 46 languages.

Voice of America—English

Sources of Information

At a Glance

The "Who We Are" web page features a 60-second video that captures the essence of USAGM core activities: informing people, engaging them in support of democracy, and connecting with them on a global scale.


The USAGM has won awards for its productions in a variety of categories: documentary, education, investigative journalism, promotional programming, special reporting, video, and more.

Business Opportunities

Information on contract opportunities and instructions on how to do business with the USAGM are available online.

Career Opportunities

The USAGM work environment is diverse, multicultural, and professional. In addition to American citizens, the agency also hires non-U.S. citizens for positions that require foreign language skills. Internships are available in the fields of engineering, public affairs, public diplomacy, and research.

The USAGM provides training opportunities for reporters and students of media on five continents.

In 2018, the USAGM ranked 25th among 27 midsize agencies in the Partnership for Public Service's Best Places To Work Agency Rankings.

Climate Change

The USAGM is committed to developing a better understanding of the effects of climate change and to addressing climate change adaptation.

The USAGM has provided media training aimed at equipping journalists in the Latin America and the Caribbean region with skills and practices needed to report accurately and effectively on changes in the climate.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The FOIA provides a statutory basis for public access to official agency information previously restricted from public view. Through the FOIA, Congress affirmed that citizens have the right to know what their Government does. Under the act, official information is available to "any person" without regard to need for or interest in the material. The USAGM and its FOIA staff are committed to ensuring the fullest possible disclosure that is consistent with the letter and spirit of the law. | Email:

The FOIA requires agencies to disclose, proactively and electronically, certain categories of records to the public. Records that the USAGM has previously released to the public under the FOIA and that are the subject of subsequent requests or likely to be the subject of subsequent requests are proactively disclosed in the USAGM's electronic reading room for public access. Records that the USAGM determines are of sufficient public interest to warrant automatic disclosure are also proactively disclosed in the electronic reading room.


"The news may be good for us. The news may be bad. But we shall tell you the truth." These words, American journalist and writer William Harlan Hale spoke during the Voice of America's first radio show. For 75 years, U.S. international media have been broadcasting to audiences abroad. Visit the "History" web page to learn more about a story that continues to be heard around the world today.

Learn English

The Voice of America's website features resources for learning American English.

Legislation / Congressional Committees

The USAGM receives its mandate to supervise all broadcasting activities and to provide strategic management for the agency from various public laws. The U.S. Congress oversees the USAGM, which is an independent executive branch agency, by monitoring, reviewing, and supervising its activities, programs, and policy implementation.


The USAGM's website provides convenient access to the home pages of all of its networks.


USAGM-related news and information are available online.

Open Government

The USAGM supports the Open Government initiative by promoting collaboration, participation, and transparency. | Email:

Press Releases

The latest press releases from the USAGM and its networks are available online.

Site Map

The website map allows visitors to look for specific topics or to browse content that aligns with their interests.

Social Media

The USAGM has a Facebook account.

The USAGM tweets announcements and other newsworthy items on Twitter.

The USAGM posts videos on its YouTube channel.

Students and Youth Worldwide

Voice of America's "Student Union" section offers students and youth international news that relates to them.

Technology and Services To Evade Censorship

The Office of Internet Freedom provides anticensorship technology and services to journalists and citizens around the world. The technology and services enhance people's ability to access and share digital news and information without fear of repercussions or surveillance.

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