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VOA Director to Discuss Mandarin, Persian Programming & Women’s Voices, Reaching Refugees

Voice of America logoVOA Director Amanda Bennett will be PDAA’s speaker at the Sep.16 luncheon kicking off the 2019-2020 program year. Bennett will discuss new VOA Mandarin and Persian programming as well as VOA initiatives to reach refugees, include more women’s voices in programs, and undertake investigative reporting.

Bennett will also discuss challenges facing international journalists in the age of dwindling press freedom and disinformation.

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Amanda Bennett became Director of the Voice of America on April 18, 2016

Amanda Bennett is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, investigative journalist, and editor; she was named Director of the Voice of America in March 2016.

Through 2013, she was Executive Editor, Bloomberg News, where she created and ran a global team of investigative reporters and editors. She was also co-founder of Bloomberg News’ Women’s project and was editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer from June 2003 to November 2006; prior to that was editor of the Herald-Leader in Lexington, Ky. She also served for three years as managing editor/projects for The Oregonian in Portland.

Bennett served as a Wall Street Journal reporter for more than 20 years. A graduate of Harvard College, she held numerous posts at the Journal, including auto industry reporter in Detroit in the late 70s and early 80s, Pentagon and State Department reporter, Beijing correspondent, management editor/reporter, national economics correspondent, and, finally, chief of the Atlanta bureau until 1998, when she moved to The Oregonian.

Bennett shared the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting with her Journal colleagues, and in 2001 led a team from The Oregonian to a Pulitzer for public service. Together with her husband, Donald Graham, she is a co-founder of TheDream.US, which provides college scholarships to the children of undocumented immigrants.

The discussion will take place on Mon., Sep. 16, from 12:00 to 2:00, at DACOR Bacon House, 1801 F St., NW. To register, please complete the form on page 7 of the newsletter or register on-line using the drop-down menu below. Deadline is Sep. 12.


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