February 13, 2016 Washington DC 3:41 AM

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Kelu Chao, Acting Director

Kelu Chao,

Kelu Chao is VOA’s Acting Director as the Broadcasting Board of Governors searches for a permanent replacement for former director David Ensor.

Ms. Chao continues in her duties as Associate Director for Language Programming, where she oversees the production and distribution of television, radio, Internet, and mobile content in nearly 50 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, 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

Clara Dominguez

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.