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Capitol Communicator reports that the U.S. Agency for Global Media named Michael Abramowitz as the new permanent director of Voice of America.

Michael Abramowitz named “permanent director” of Voice of America

by | Apr 23, 2024

The U.S. Agency for Global Media named Michael Abramowitz as the new permanent director of Voice of America, reports VOA.

In an email to staff, USAGM chief executive Amanda Bennett said that Abramowitz, a former journalist and current president of the D.C.-based think tank Freedom House, will take up the position in coming months.

“I am sure he is familiar to many, if not most of you, for the remarkable work Freedom House has led advocating for democracy and human rights — and especially in defending and advocating for speech and press freedom around the world,” Bennett said in her email.

Abramowitz has been the president of Freedom House since 2017. A graduate of Harvard College, he began his career at the Washington Post, where he worked for 24 years. He also worked on genocide prevention and Holocaust education for eight years at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

According to VOA, “Bennett herself served as VOA director from 2016 until 2020, when she resigned following the congressional confirmation of conservative filmmaker Michael Pack to lead USAGM.

“Appointed by then-President Donald Trump, Pack’s time as head of USAGM was marked with lawsuits and whistleblower complaints. He resigned when Joe Biden became president and an independent investigation later determined that Pack repeatedly abused power and engaged in severe mismanagement, including attempts to interfere editorially.

“Following his departure, Congress added checks and balances to the USAGM chief executive role, including over hiring and firing of network heads.

“Abramowitz will be VOA’s first official director since the brief tenure of Pack’s appointee Robert Reilly, who was in the role from December 2020 to January 2021.”

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