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Broadcasting Board of Governors

330 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20237



CHAIR Kenneth Weinstein

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

Member (vacancy)

Ex Officio Member Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson



Chief of Staff Matthew Walsh
Deputy Director Jeffrey N. Trimble

Chief Financial Officer Grant Turner
Chief Information Officer / Chief Technology Officer André Mendes
Chief Strategy Officer Haroon K. Ullah

Director, Congressional Affairs Ellona Fritschie
Director, Global Communications and Public Affairs Nasserie Carew
Director, Internet Freedom Nnake Nweke
Director, Management Services Marie Lennon
Director, Policy and Research (vacancy)

General Counsel David Kligerman, Acting



Middle East Broadcasting Networks Alberto Fernandez
Radio Free Asia Libby Liu
Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Thomas Kent


Office of Cuba Broadcasting André Mendes, Acting
Voice of America Amanda Bennett

The above list of key personnel was updated 10–2017.

The above list of key personnel was updated 10–2017.

The Broadcasting Board of Governors informs, engages, and connects people around the world in support of freedom and democracy.

The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) became an independent agency on October 1, 1999, by authority of the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 (22 U.S.C. 6501 note). It is composed of nine members. The President appoints eight of the members, and the Senate confirms them. The ninth member, an ex officio member, is the Secretary of State.

The BBG serves as the governing body for all civilian U.S. international media and provides programming in 61 languages via radio, television, and the Internet. The BBG broadcast services comprise Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia, the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks. The BBG relies on the International Broadcasting Bureau for transmission and technical support of its broadcast services.

All BBG 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.


International Broadcasting Bureau

The International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) provides program delivery and essential support services for U.S. international media. The IBB is responsible for the Agency's strategic planning and for integrating activities across the Federal and grantee broadcasters for greater organizational efficiency. The IBB manages a global network of transmitting sites, an extensive system of leased satellite and fiber optic circuits, and an increasing variety of rapidly growing Internet and mobile audience platforms and services. It is responsible for program placement services and marketing for all BBG broadcast organizations. It provides research and evaluations of broadcasts. The IBB manages the Agency's financial operations, legal support, and communications, and also provides information technology, human resources, equal employment opportunity, procurement, security, and other administrative support.

Voice of America

The Voice of America (VOA) is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. Government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors. It began broadcasting in 1942 and now reaches more than 230 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 nearly 50 languages.

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is a private nonprofit multimedia broadcasting corporation whose funding comes from a BBG grant. It reaches in 26 languages more than 25 million people in 23 countries, including Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Russia, and Ukraine. Its journalists provide what many people cannot get locally: uncensored news, responsible discussion, and open debate. RFE/RL uses the latest digital technologies—the Internet, SMS text messaging, online video, satellite radio, and popular social media networks—and trusted broadcast radio to reach people in some of the most closed societies on Earth. With over 65 years of surrogate broadcasting experience, it continues to bring diverse, immediate, and interactive content to audiences.

Radio Free Asia

Radio Free Asia (RFA) is a private nonprofit news organization that operates under a grant from the BBG. 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 Mandarin, Cantonese, Uyghur, three Tibetan dialects, Myanmar, Vietnamese, Korean, Lao, and Khmer. Headquartered in Washington, DC, it has eight overseas bureaus and a network of correspondents around the world.

Middle East Broadcasting Networks

The Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Inc. (MBN) is a nonprofit news organization that operates Alhurra Television, Radio Sawa, and MBN Digital under a grant from the BBG. 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 more than 27 million Arabic-speakers in 22 countries across the Middle East and North Africa.

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 objective information to the Cuban people.

Sources of Information

Annual Reports

The BBG posts its annual reports in Portable Document Form (PDF). The 2016 annual report "A Year of Impact and Transformation" is available online.

At a Glance

The "Who We Are" web page features a 90-second video that captures the essence of the BBG mission and communicates it in image, sound, and music.


The BBG 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 BBG are available online.

Career Opportunities

The BBG 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.

In 2016, the BBG ranked 27th among midsize agencies in the Partnership for Public Service's Best Places To Work Agency Rankings.

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 BBG and its FOIA staff are committed to ensuring the fullest possible disclosure that is consistent with the letter and spirit of the law. The Office of the General Counsel manages FOIA and Privacy Act requests. Typical requests are for audience survey reports, Board of Governors records, lists of credit card purchase holders, personnel and security files, and procurement records.

The FOIA requires agencies to disclose, proactively and electronically, certain categories of records to the public. Records that the BBG 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 BBG's electronic reading room for public access. Records that the BBG 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.


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


News and information are available on the BBG's website.

An online subscription form is available for the BBG newsletter, events, media highlights, press releases, and the VOA Buzz.

Open Government

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

Organizational Chart

The BBG's organizational chart is available in Portable Document Format (PDF) for viewing and downloading.


The Office of the Inspector General from the Department of State and BBG posts reports and data on, a text-searchable repository of reports that Federal Inspectors General publish. The Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency operates and maintains the website to increase public access to independent and authoritative information on the Federal Government.

Site Map

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

Social Media

The BBG has a Facebook account.

The BBG tweets announcements and other newsworthy items on Twitter.

The BBG posts videos on its YouTube channel.

Training Opportunities

The BBG provides training opportunities for reporters and students of media on five continents. | Email:

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