Asgar Asgarov is an award-winning multimedia journalist who joined VOA in 2004. He is currently the Acting Division Director of the South and Central Asia division, appointed in July 2021 from his prior position as the Acting Program Manager. Prior to his appointments in the SCA division management, Dr. Asgarov served as the chief of VOA’s Azerbaijani service. During his tenure at VOA, he has worked in numerous capacities which have included news casting, production, and program development. As the anchor of the Azerbaijani service’s prime time TV shows and radio programs, he has interviewed government officials, legislators, experts and dissidents on a vast range of subjects. Dr. Asgarov has expertise in global history, international affairs, and U.S. foreign policy. He has frequently filed reports and conducted interviews on human rights violations and democracy-building. He holds a doctoral degree in history from the University of Maryland. He received his Master of Arts in Russian and East European studies from Stanford University and his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with Magna Cum Laude from St. Olaf College. He has taught at the University of Maryland and George Washington University. Dr. Asgarov speaks five languages including Azerbaijani, Russian, French and Turkish.