April 01, 2015 Washington DC 5:16 PM


About / Key Executives

David Ensor, Director

David Ensor, Director, Voice of America

Voice of America Director David Ensor oversees worldwide broadcasting in nearly 50 languages for an estimated 172 million people a week on radio, television, mobile, and the Internet.

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

Ensor reported on martial law and the re-emergence of Lech Walesa and Solidarity in Warsaw. He covered Middle Eastern terrorism and Pope John Paul II from Rome and the break-up of the Soviet Union from Moscow. He has reported from fighting in Chechnya, Bosnia, El Salvador, and Afghanistan, where he traveled by Soviet tank from Jalalabad to Kabul as the Russians began their withdrawal.

From 2006 to 2009, Ensor was Executive Vice President for Communications and Strategy at the Mercuria Energy Group, an international energy trading and investment firm.

Before joining VOA in June 2011, Ensor was Director of Communications and Public Diplomacy at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.

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.


Kelu Chao, Associate Director for Language Programming, Acting Chief of Staff

Kelu Chao, Associate Director for Language Programming, Acting Chief of Staff

Kelu Chao directs the programming activities at Voice of America, providing oversight and guidance for the production and distribution of its television, radio, Internet, and mobile content in nearly 50 languages worldwide.

From 2008 to April of 2014, she was the Director of Performance Review, the quality control arm of the U. S. International Broadcasting Bureau, responsible for program review, management efficiency study and research functions.  During her twenty plus years career at the VOA, Ms. Chao has worked in nearly every capacity: from announcer, field reporter, editor, Hong Kong Bureau chief, Mandarin Service Chief to East Asia Division Director, and VOA’s first Language Programming Director from 2001 to 2007.

A native of Taiwan, Ms. Chao earned a BA in journalism from National Chengchi University, an MA in Speech Communication and an M Ed in Instructional Media from Kent State University in Ohio. She also has a great passion for music and has received years of formal training for piano.


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.


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.