June 22nd, 2011

Opportunity to Meet with Frontline Reporters

Michael Meehan, Susan McCue & Dana Perino meet with VOA reporters Girmay Gebru, Meleskachew Ameha & Eskinder Firew to hear firsthand about their work and experiences.

June 22nd, 2011

We had a very full day and a warm welcome in Addis. The focus of our trip is to look for ways to increase VOA broadcasting in Ethiopia.

          — Dana Perino

Our hope is that we will be able to expand VOA broadcasting in the critical areas of development and health, especially maternal health. Healthy moms make for a healthy society.

          — Susan McCue

Ethiopia has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world - more than 25,000 women die each year from pregnancy-related complications.

June 22nd, 2011

In our meetings with Ethiopian Government officials, we shared our goal of advancing an open and free press. We look forward to working with the government of Ethiopia.

          — Michael Meehan

June 22nd, 2011

Visiting a VOA Affiliate in Ethiopia

Posted by David Arnold

This afternoon we toured the new facility of Sheger FM, a VOA affiliate station in Addis Ababa. Governor Dana Perino & station co-owner Meaza Birru observed a live radio broadcast from the control booth. Sheger is one of 2 independent affiliates licensed in Ethiopia.

L to R: BBG Governors Susan McCue and Dana Perino, Sheger Co-owner Meaza Birru, and BBG Governor Michael Meehan

June 21st, 2011
Arrived Addis late last night without luggage: clothes and camera. Expect them Tuesday night at 9 pm….
- David Arnold, Chief of VOA's Horn of Africa Service

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