The Voice of Americas (VOA) 2009 calendar features individual stories and pictures of international broadcasters who reach millions of people around the world with news and information.
“Many of VOA’s broadcasters have fascinating personal stories, and we are proud to be able to tell them in our new calendar,” said VOA Director Danforth Austin.
The calendar features broadcasters who are natives of Burma, Haiti, Afghanistan, Rwanda, Tunisia, Indonesia, Iran, Tibet, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Pakistan.
Among those profiled is Lina Rozbih, who fled Afghanistan at an early age after Russia invaded the country. She lived in refugee camps in Iran before moving to Canada and, eventually, the United States. Today she anchors VOA’s Dari-language TV Ashna broadcast to Afghanistan.
Lwin Htun Than was a student leader in the 1988 uprising against Burma’s ruling government. He fled to neighboring Thailand, and then to Britain and the United States. Lwin is the head of VOA’s Burmese service.
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.