Redisch Quits CNN, Joins Voice of America

Redisch joins VOA after a 20-year career with CNN, where he earned two Emmy Awards and a National Headliner Award Washington, D.C., January 9, 2008 – Veteran television news executive Steve Redisch joined the Voice of America (VOA) this week as Executive Editor. He supervises the daily operations and activities of VOA’s news, programs, language services, broadcast operations, and Internet departments.

Redisch joins VOA after a 20-year career with CNN, where he earned two Emmy Awards and a National Headliner Award.

“Steve’s record of strong news judgment, keen competitive instincts, experience working in audio, video, and Internet media, and his reputation as a team builder and leader, make him the ideal individual to help VOA continue to grow as an international multi-media provider of exclusive, trustworthy news and information,” said VOA Director Danforth W. Austin.

Redisch began his broadcasting career in 1979 at WTOP all-news radio in Washington, D.C. after attending American University. In 1987 he moved to CNN’s Washington bureau as a television writer and producer, and in 1992 he relocated to Atlanta as a producer for the growing CNN International network.

Some of the many highlights of his CNN career include launching the network’s flagship primetime news show, The World Today, as executive producer in 1998; serving as executive producer of such special events as political conventions, State of the Union addresses, and the 2001 Presidential Inauguration; and managing the news gathering staff and directing editorial content as Deputy Bureau Chief and Executive Editor in Washington, D.C from 2002 until 2005.

Most recently, he oversaw the bureau’s multi-million dollar budget while coordinating White House coverage with other networks and media outlets, and adapted the bureau’s reporting to meet the different demands and requirements of CNN’s many distinct shows, networks, and Internet platforms.

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 1,000 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of more than 115 million people. Programs are produced in 45 languages.

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