© 2024 University of Missouri - KBIA
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

The fight for Voice of America

Photo of a building entrance with a brass sign reading "Voice of America" next to it
Andrew Harnik

Over the summer, at the insistence of President Trump, the Senate confirmed Michael Pack as the new director of U.S. Agency for Government Media.

Since then, the venerable Voice of America and its sister broadcast outlets have been plunged into chaos.

MU Journalism School students talked to two former VOA directors, a reporter fired by Pack and a lawyer for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press about the chaos enveloping what has been one of the nation's most effective vectors for "soft power."

Host: Levi Moltz-Hohmann

Danforth Austin
Grayson Clary
David Ensor
Vardha Khalil

Producers: Annie Le, Regan Mertz, Levi Moltz-Hohmann, Josiah Schueneman, Ziye Tang
Executive producers: Cam Denmark, Grace Noteboom
Director: Travis McMillen
Audio Engineer: Aaron Hay

KATHY KIELY is a veteran reporter and editor with a multimedia portfolio and a passion for transparency, free speech and teaching. After a long career covering politics in Washington, Kiely moved into the classroom full-time because, she says, universities are the laboratories that will discover the formula for making fact-based journalism viable again.
Related Content