The Voice of America is a 24-hour, international multimedia news broadcast facility open to the public by reservation (202-619-3919). All tours are walking and wheelchair accessible. Please advise tour staff of any special needs when making your reservation, so we may better assist you. Tours are conducted in English.
VOA journalists broadcast seven days a week from 43 radio studios and four television studios. The guided tours take visitors through VOA’s production and broadcast facilities. Guides explain our history and how VOA has expanded from the shortwave broadcasts of the 1940s to today’s AM, FM, television, and Internet. Our central newsroom, radio, and television studios feature prominently in the tours. Some elements of the tour will vary, depending on which broadcasts are underway at that time and day.
Our new VOA Newscenter was launched in late February 2004. The 30,000-square-foot Newscenter houses the central newsroom, staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are 5 radio studios with control rooms, 6 video edit suites, 2 voice booths and 2 digital audio mix/dub centers. Fronting the newsroom are control rooms and 3 sets for television programs. A newly designed Visitor Center is slated to open in 2005.
All visitors to the Voice of America must go through security to enter the building. Visitors should plan on arriving at least 10 minutes before their scheduled tour in order to have enough time to enter and go through security. Minimizing the number of bags you bring in will speed your clearance. Please do not bring any sharp objects with you.