The United States Agency for International Media (USAGM) has appointed the experienced VOA Albanian-Montenegrin journalist Elez Biberaj as VOA’s acting director.
Mr. Biberaj’s appointment was announced via email to staff on Tuesday by the new chief executive of the US Agency for Global Media, Michael Pack.
The appointment of executives to other intelligence networks overseen by the USAGM and funded by the US government was also announced.
Mr. Elez Biberaj has headed the Euro-Asian Division since 2006. In this capacity, he has overseen VOA broadcasts to Russia, Ukraine, Armenia and the Balkans. Previously, he was the head of the Albanian service of the Voice of America.
Mr. Biberaj holds a PhD in Political Science from Columbia University and is the author of four books, including “Albania in Transition: The Difficult Road to Democracy.”
The appointment comes as public attention is focused on the editorial independence of VOA. Mr Biberaj’s predecessors at VOA, Amanda Bennett and her deputy Sandy Sugawara, resigned a few days before Mr Pack fired other senior executives of the US government-funded network.