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Back Issues of PDAA Today

Back issues of PDAA Today, PDAA’s quarterly print newsletter are now online and available for download.

Memories of Lou Olom (1917-2019)

By Bruce Gregory He was one of the most thoughtful, dedicated, and politically savvy public diplomacy professionals of his generation. Louis T. Olom (1917-2019), a career civil servant, will be remembered for his many contributions to public diplomacy during the years in which it was gradually gaining acceptance as a field of professional practice in US diplomacy.

Lou’s interest in what became known as public diplomacy began when he was a student at the University […]

The Deaths of Two Journalistic Giants: Landmark Leaders in the History of America’s Voice

By Alan Heil

In the 20th century, two distinguished leaders at VOA were indispensable in the growth of the nation’s largest U.S.-funded international broadcaster: former Central News editor-in-chief and White House correspondent Philomena (Phil) Jurey, 91, and Near East and South Asia director Salman (Sam) M. Hilmy, 89. Their work significantly amplified America’s public diplomacy during the final years of the Cold War, and beyond.

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Martin Manning, An Appreciation

Remarks by Departmentof State Judicial Liaison John Jasik at the Memorial Event for Martin J. Manning – April 17, 2019

Martin Manning with fellow IIP librarians. Seated: Lynne Scheib; Standing: Vivian Stahl, Anita Green, Joan Taylor; Back: Martin Manning (photo courtesy of Lynne Scheib)

It is my honor and privilege to welcome the Manning family to the United States Department of State Headquarters. Many of you have traveled a considerable distance to honor and remember […]

Richard Birn: A Few Recollections of Career Service and Friendship

by Michael Schneider

Richard Birn passed away this past spring, after a rich career in public diplomacy and 61 years of marriage.

Richard and I served in the same Junior Officer Class, sworn in October 20, 1962, the day President Kennedy announced the blockade on Cuba and nuclear confrontation with the USSR. Needless to say, tensions were high. At first that day we were quite upset that Edward R. Murrow would not swear us in. […]

Robert J. Korengold: An Appreciation

Robert J. Korengold

by Miller Crouch

When I met Bud Korengold at USIS Paris in the early 1990s, he was one of the most well-known senior Foreign Service officers in the U.S. Information Agency. He was known especially for his singular success directing large press operations at some of our most important European posts. Political appointees trusted him and sought his advice, and he always gave his best in return. They and colleagues […]