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VOA/GW Plan May 5 Town Hall - Obama & the World: 100 Days

Live broadcast offers audience interaction

Washington, D.C., April 29, 2009 - Audiences around the world will interact with guests, including Sen. Ted Kaufman, D-Del., and Aspen Institute President Walter Isaacson, during a May 5, 2009 special live, international television broadcast, Obama & the World: 100 Days.

The Global Town Hall, co-hosted by the Voice of America ( and The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, will be held at the Newseum in downtown Washington from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. EDT.

Panels will examine President Obama's impact on the world, including segments on Muslim communities, foreign policy challenges, the global economy and Obama's change agenda. VOA's 45 language services, which reach an estimated 134 million people weekly, will cover the event.

VOA's worldwide audience can participate in advance by sending written questions to In addition, they can follow events at

Other guests include Michael Brown, dean of GW's Elliott School of International Affairs; Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center; John Pendergast of the Enough Project; Jonathan Alter of Newsweek; Kristin Downey of The Washington Post; Joe Shirley of the Navajo Nation; Adrian Talbott of GenerationEngage, Robert Satloff of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Michelle Bernard, president of the Independent Women's Forum.

Paula Wolfson, VOA's White House correspondent, will anchor the Town Hall. Experts from around the globe, including Beijing, Kabul, London, New York, Miami and Los Angeles, will participate by satellite.

For more information, please contact Joan Mower, VOA Public Relations, at 202-203-4959 or

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 approximately 1,500 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.