WASHINGTON, D.C. —Voice of America has named Clara Dominguez as Managing Editor of the VOA News Center, the main source of news-gathering and production for a weekly audience of more than 172 million people in nearly 50 languages.
Dominguez moves to the News Center from the Latin America Division, where she helped build a network of more than 350 television, radio, and on-line affiliates, reaching record audiences throughout South and Central America and the Caribbean.
Broadcasting Board of Governors Interim CEO Andre Mendes and VOA Director David Ensor announced the appointment Thursday at a meeting of News Center staff.
“Clara is the right person to lead us to a ‘digital first’ newsroom for the 21st century,” Ensor says. “She is a clear-headed, highly-intelligent, seasoned journalist with a track record of extraordinary success building audience.”
Dominguez has more than 28 years of experience as a broadcast journalist. Prior to joining VOA in 2010, she was News Director at the Office of Cuba Broadcasting.
“Clara is uniquely positioned to help the news room deliver the timely and robust news products that today’s complex media environment demands,” Mendes says. “Coming from one of our most important language services, Clara will provide a fresh perspective to the rapidly-evolving role that the VOA newsroom plays in carrying out our ever-more-important mission.”
“I am honored to be taking on this new challenge at an important time for VOA,” Dominguez says. “There is a strong tradition of great journalism in the VOA newsroom. I look forward to working with this impressive cadre of reporters, editors, and producers to reach new audiences with reliable and influential journalism.”
Dominguez has a Masters in International Affairs from The George Washington University and an MBA from the University of Miami. A native of Havana, Cuba, she is fluent in Spanish and has a working knowledge of French.