The United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM) announced that Robert Reilly will once again lead Voices of America.
Reilly, who served as director of the network for about a year after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, became the first permanent director appointed by USAGM CEO Michael Pack.
USAGM has not announced when Reilly will take over as director.
In a press release, Pack noted that Reilly’s “unique experience” and proven leadership “will be of immense benefit to the entire agency.”
Over the course of his career, 74-year-old Reilly has held various government positions on several occasions: he worked for the United States Information Agency (USIA), in the White House as Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan, and as Senior Advisor on Public Diplomacy at the US Embassy in Bern, Switzerland.
In a statement, Reilly said he was delighted to be back online, adding, “I have always been a firm believer in the Voice of America’s mission to tell the world of America’s history.”
Reilly currently chairs the Westminster Institute, a research organization created in 2009 to promote freedom and defend against threats posed by extremist ideology.
Acting Director of VOA, Elez Biberai, sent out an email to staff on Tuesday evening informing them that he would return to his position as Eurasia Director after the arrival of the new director.