Voice of America leaders to resign amid friction with Trump - 2020-06-15
Voice of America director Amanda Bennett and deputy director Sandy Sugawara announced their resignations Monday as Michael Pack, their new boss as the head of the U.S. Agency for Global Media, settles in.
Pack, a conservative activist and documentary filmmaker with ties to former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, was confirmed by the Senate earlier this month over Democrats' objections. In his new role, Pack will oversee VOA and several other government-run media properties.
The resignations come amid new efforts by the Trump administration to influence the reporting of the U.S.-funded but independent international news outlet, as well as complaints by the president and his allies about VOA's coverage.