April 30, 2016 Washington DC 8:24 PM


About / Key Executives

Amanda Bennett, VOA Director

Voice of America Director Amanda Bennett oversees BBG’s largest organization, providing content in 44 languages to an estimated 188 million people each week on radio, television, mobile and the Internet.

Amanda Bennett is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, investigative journalist and editor. 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. She was editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer from June, 2003, to November, 2006, and prior to that was editor of the Herald-Leader in Lexington, Kentucky. She also served for three years as managing editor/projects for The Oregonian in Portland. Bennett served as a Wall Street Journal reporter and editor 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. Most recently, she has been a contributing columnist for The Washington Post.

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. Projects by the Bloomberg Projects and Investigations team won numerous awards, including Loeb, Polk, Barlett & Steele, Headliners, Society of American Business Editors and Writers and Overseas Press Club Awards.

She was a member of the board of the Pulitzer Prizes from 2003 to 2010, when she served as co-Chair of the Board. She has also served on the boards of the Loeb Awards, the American Society of News Editors; as well as the board of advisers of the Temple University Press; the board of directors of Axis Philly, a nonprofit local news site; and of the Rosenbach Museum, a Philadelphia museum of rare books.

She is the author of six books including “In Memoriam” (1998), co-authored with Terence B. Foley; “The Man Who Stayed Behind” (1993), co-authored with Sidney Rittenberg; “Death of the Organization Man” (1991) and “The Quiet Room” (1996), co-authored with Lori Schiller. "The Cost of Hope," her memoir of the battle she and Foley, her late husband, fought against his kidney cancer, was published in June, 2012 by Random House.

Together with her husband, Donald Graham, she is a co-founder of TheDream.US, which provides college scholarships to the children of undocumented immigrants.


Kelu Chao, Associate Director for Language Programming

Kelu Chao is VOA’s Associate Director for Language Programming where she oversees the production and distribution of television, radio, Internet, and mobile content in 45 languages. 

From 2008 to 2014, she was Director of Performance Review, the quality control and consulting arm of the U.S. International Broadcasting Bureau responsible for program review, management efficiency, and research. 

In more than twenty years, Ms. Chao has worked as a studio announcer, field reporter, editor, Hong Kong Bureau Chief, Mandarin Service Chief, East Asia Division Director, and VOA’s first Language Programming Director from 2001 to 2007.

A native of Taiwan, Ms. Chao earned a Bachelor’s in Journalism from National Chengchi University and Masters' in both Speech Communication and Instructional Media from Kent State University. She also has a great passion for music and has received years of formal training for piano.


Mark Prahl, Associate Director for Operations

Mark Prahl is responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating VOA's radio and television technical operations, and for the overall management of the financial and human resources employed in the Operations Directorate. He is also the senior advisor to the VOA Director on matters pertaining to broadcast engineering and operations.
 

Prior to being named Associate Director for Operations, Prahl served with the International Broadcasting Bureau’s (IBB) Office of Engineering, managing such projects as the Botswana transmission station, the consolidation of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) transmission assets into the IBB, and the Digital Broadcast Program. Prahl also managed the development of the technical assets and operations for the Middle East Broadcasting Network.
 

Before joining IBB, he was a national marketing manager for a construction industry trade association, a project engineer for a defense electronics company, and an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Prahl holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a master’s degree in engineering administration from the The George Washington University.


Clara Dominguez, Managing Editor

As Managing Editor of the News Center, VOA’s main news-gathering operation, Clara Dominguez oversees a staff of writers, editors and producers who have a central role in providing news to VOA's weekly audience of more than 187 million people in nearly 50 languages.

Dominguez moved to the News Center from her position as direct of VOA’s Latin America Division.  Under her leadership, the division created a network of more than 350 television, radio, and on-line affiliates, reaching record audiences throughout South and Central America and the Caribbean.

Prior to joining VOA in 2010, Ms. Dominguez, a native of Havana, served five years as News Director at the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, where she was responsible for radio and television news coverage of events in Latin America and the United States, including presidential elections in both the United States and Latin America.