Washington, D.C., August 12, 2008 – The Voice of America (VOA),
broadcasting in languages including Persian, Mandarin, Pashto and Urdu,
will provide its international audience of an estimated 134 million
with news, analysis and interviews from the Democratic and Republican
Presidential Nominating Conventions.
VOA (www.VOANews.com), the largest
U.S. international broadcaster, is fielding a team of nearly 90
reporters, technicians, producers, directors, and coordinators to
create a radio, television, and Internet broadcast center at both
conventions. Broadcasters from 26 of VOA's 45 language services are
providing virtually round-the-clock coverage.
"VOA is uniquely skilled
in covering and explaining the U.S. electoral process to a global
audience, in their own languages," said Executive Editor Steve
Redisch. "This election - historic in many ways - is attracting
intense interest around the world. We'll be working hard to explain to
people how the process works and who the personalities are."
In East and
Central Africa, for instance, VOA will broadcast shows for millions of
Swahili-speaking people who are following closely the campaign of
presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama because of his Kenyan
At both the Democratic National Convention, August 25-28, in
Denver, Colorado, and the Republican National Convention, September 1-4
in St. Paul, Minnesota, VOA broadcasting will originate from multiple
VOA's Internet coverage will also be expanded, and will
include two hours of prime-time, live-streamed English-language
coverage each night along with other multimedia coverage. VOANews.com
is currently ranked as one of the top five sources of news and
information found through Google News.
VOA, funded by the U.S.
Government, has provided accurate news and information to audiences
around the world since it was founded in 1942. Today, some of VOA's
largest audiences are in Nigeria, Iran, Afghanistan, Indonesia,
Tanzania and Bangladesh. Based in Washington, D.C., VOA has more than
1,100 staff members, including bureaus around the world.
information about VOA’s convention coverage, or to set up interviews
with VOA anchors, reporters, or experts, please contact Michelle D. Harris
at (202) 380-7643.
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
(www.VOANews.com) 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 VOA Public Relations at (202) 203-4959, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.