“The Voice of America is not a propaganda organization and is not a mouthpiece of the White House or anybody else” — in fact, its reporters don’t enjoy great access to high-ranking U.S. officials, VOA Director David Ensor says on this week’s episode of “Conversations with Nicholas Kralev.”
At the same time, VOA is a tool of U.S. public diplomacy — after all, it reaches over 140 million people around the world, Ensor says. He also talks about VOA as a news source for Americans through its English-language website, and about covering controversial stories like the National Security Agency leaks and Syria’s civil war.
Ensor spent 31 years as a broadcast reporter at NPR, ABC and CNN. Before his VOA appointment, he was director of communications and public diplomacy at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.
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Voice of America (VOA) Director David Ensor
Innovation in Managing Diplomatic Missions
Chief U.S. Aviation Negotiator Krishna Urs
Foreign Service Institute Director Nancy McEldowney
Canadian Ambassador to the United States Gary Doer
Advances for Gay American Diplomats (Jan Krc)
Fmr. Undersecretary of State Thomas Pickering, Part 2
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns
Foreign Service Director Linda Thomas-Greenfield
U.S. Global Sanctions Coordinator Daniel Fried
West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen
Harvard Professor Joseph Nye
- Nicholas Kralev is an author, journalist and entrepreneur. His areas of expertise are international diplomacy, global aviation and communications. A former Financial Times and Washington Times correspondent, he has traveled around the world with four U.S. secretaries of state — Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright. He has flown over 2 million miles and visited 94 countries.
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