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VOA Journalists in China to Cover 2008 Summer Olympics

Coverage includes multimedia news, information, athlete profiles, and special features

Washington, D.C., August 6, 2008 - Voice of America (VOA) has created a special 2008 Olympics website ( featuring news, information, in-depth profiles of athletes and other segments relating to the historic games in China.

VOA has dispatched 10 journalists to provide comprehensive coverage of the games, which run from August 8-24.

"The Olympic Games are a great news story. They represent international cooperation and engagement," said VOA Director Danforth W. Austin. "We want to make sure our worldwide audience can get up-to-date news and information about the teams and the athletes they're following. The website is a wonderful resource."

VOA's journalists in China will produce radio, television and Internet programs on sports events and the athletes, complemented by a wide range of special features. Broadcasters at VOA headquarters in Washington D.C., will supplement coverage with special stories and interviews.

During the Olympics, VOA's Mandarin Service will host special television segments directly from China for its Issues and Opinions program. All Mandarin programs are available by podcast and at

The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors. VOA ( broadcasts more than 1,250 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of more than 134 million people. Programs are produced in 45 languages.

For more information, call the Office of Public Affairs at (202) 203-4959, or e-mail