August 30, 2014 Washington DC 2:10 AM


About / Key Executives

David Ensor, Director

David Ensor, Director, Voice of America

David Ensor was sworn in as the 28th Director of the Voice of America on June 16, 2011. He joined VOA after an extensive career in journalism and communications. Most recently he served as Director of Communications and Public Diplomacy at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.

As Director of VOA, Ensor oversees a worldwide multimedia operation broadcasting in 45 languages, reaching an estimated 164 million people each week via radio, television, mobile, and the Internet.

From 1975 to 1980 Ensor reported for National Public Radio, where he covered the White House, foreign policy and defense issues. From 1980 to 1998, he was a television correspondent for ABC News, and from 1998 to 2006 he was CNN’s National Security Correspondent.

During this period, he reported on these major international stories: martial law and the re-emergence of Lech Walesa and Solidarity, from Warsaw; Middle Eastern terrorism and the travels of Pope John Paul II, from Rome; and the break-up of the Soviet Union, the end of Communism, two coup attempts and the first Chechen War, from Moscow. He has reported on armed conflicts in Bosnia, El Salvador, and Afghanistan, and traveled by Soviet tank from Jalalabad to Kabul as the Russians began their withdrawal from Afghanistan.

From 2006 through 2009, Ensor was Executive Vice President for Communications and Strategy at the Mercuria Energy Group, an international energy trading and investment group. He advised the company’s CEO and Board on strategic issues, and planned and executed a global communications strategy for the company.
 

He is a member of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations and is fluent in French, with a basic knowledge of Polish, Russian and Italian.
 

Ensor received a B.A. with honors in European History from the University of California, Berkeley in 1974. He is married with two children.
 


Steve Redisch, Executive Editor

Steve Redisch, Executive Editor

VOA’s Executive Editor, Steve Redisch, functions as VOA’s chief operating officer. He supervises the daily operations and activities of VOA's news, programs, language services, broadcast operations, and Internet departments.
 

Redisch joined VOA after a 20-year career with CNN, where he earned two Emmy Awards and a National Headliner Award. Prior to coming to VOA, he served as CNN’s Washington, D.C Deputy Bureau Chief and Executive Producer-White House, where he oversaw the bureau's multi-million dollar budget while coordinating White House coverage with other networks and media outlets, and adapted the bureau's reporting to meet the different demands and requirements of CNN's many distinct shows, networks, and Internet platforms.
 

Some of the many highlights of his CNN career include launching the network's flagship primetime news show, The World Today, as executive producer in 1998; serving as executive producer of such special events as political conventions, State of the Union addresses, and the 2001 Presidential Inauguration; and managing the news gathering staff and directing editorial content as Executive Editor in the Washington, D.C. bureau.

Redisch began his broadcasting career in 1979 at WTOP all-news radio in Washington, D.C. after attending American University.


Barbara Brady, Chief of Staff

Barbara Brady, Chief of Staff

Barbara Brady was named Chief of Staff in January 2010, after serving as Acting Chief of Staff from January 2008. Prior to that, she served as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Director of the International Broadcasting Bureau since June 2007. She came from the Office of Engineering where she was Program Coordinator, acting as liaison with VOA and other broadcasters, and later became Director of the Spectrum Management Division. In Engineering, she oversaw the scheduling and monitoring of all BBG medium wave and shortwave transmissions and was responsible for customer support with VOA and other BBG broadcasters.
 

Barbara began her federal career in 1990 as a Presidential Management Intern with the former-USIA's Educational and Cultural Exchange Bureau. Since joining broadcasting in 1992, Barbara has served in many capacities including Latin American Marketing Officer, VOA Special Assistant to Director of Programs and Acting Chief of Staff, and as a Branch Chief in the Chief Financial Officer's office. She has fifteen years of experience within the organization handling technical, programmatic and resource management responsibilities.
 

She holds an undergraduate degree in International Relations and a Master's Degree in Public Administration and Public Policy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


William A. Marsh, Senior Advisor

Will Marsh, Senior Advisor

Will Marsh, Senior Advisor to the VOA Director since 2001, serves as advisor on VOA policy and management matters and coordinates a variety of activities on behalf of the Director. He works closely with the Executive Editor, the Chief of Staff, Associate Directors, and with senior VOA managers and managers in other broadcast entities involved in U.S. international broadcasting. He makes and develops recommendations for the Director on programming and administrative issues.
 

Will has been involved in international broadcasting for more than two decades, having begun with VOA in 1984 as an intern in News and English Broadcasting. He subsequently wrote and produced radio documentaries and background reports and covered news and feature events in Washington and elsewhere in the United States. He also served as a Program Review Analyst, and in 1993, because he is bilingual in English-German, was appointed Acting Chief and Program Manager of the German Service. He later became Acting Chief of VOA’s Horn of Africa Service and, from 1997 to 2001, was Chief of the Arabic Branch.


Rebecca McMenamin, Senior Strategy Advisor

Rebecca McMenamin, Senior Strategy Advisor

Rebecca McMenamin is responsible for VOA strategy and planning efforts. Working closely with the VOA Director and the executive management team, she executes projects involving diverse stakeholders and sets priorities to advance the mission of connecting and engaging audiences. She also analyzes media trends and new opportunities for growth, and tracks key performance indicators. 

McMenamin previously served as the Associate Director for Language Programming, providing oversight and direction for 45 language services. She was responsible for planning and coordinating the appropriate mix of television, radio, Internet, and mobile content in VOA’s international markets. McMenamin has held a number of senior management and editorial positions at VOA and the International Broadcasting Bureau.  She spearheaded VOA's initial digital innovation efforts, enhancing its online presence, developing a robust mobile platform for BBG networks, and expanding use of social media. As Director of the English to Africa service, she launched several successful new programs and formats. McMenamin began her career at VOA in the Newsroom, where she worked as a Duty Editor and reporter, covering such historic events as the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of the Soviet Union and negotiations ending apartheid in South Africa.
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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.