An award winning journalist, Setareh Derakhshesh has been Director of Voice of America Persian since January of 2014. Prior to this, she was Deputy Director, Executive Editor, and Managing Editor of the Division.
Setareh played a key role in the launching of VOA Persian television to Iran, serving as the lead anchor and managing editor of its flagship news show. Earlier in her career, she worked as an editor, reporter and on air talent for VOA radio broadcasts to Iran, as well as a news reporter in VOA Central News and broadcaster for the former VOA English News Now program.
During her 20-year career at VOA, Setareh has traveled extensively to cover U.S. presidential trips and major international news events throughout the world. She has also interviewed a number of world leaders, newsmakers, and politicians, including former President George W. Bush, former First Lady Laura Bush, Secretary John Kerry and Russian President Vladimir Putin, among others.
Setareh Derakhshesh graduated summa cum laude from the Sorbonne in Paris, with a Ph.D. in political science and a Master’s degree in law and political science. She is fluent in Persian, French and English, and has taught at Georgetown University and American University in Washington, D.C.