Brian Padden is a senior news correspondent in the Voice of America News Center in Washington, D.C. He recently spent four years as the VOA’s Seoul News Bureau Chief, where he primarily covered North Korea’s accelerated nuclear buildup and its diplomatic pivot. He also worked for three years as the Jakarta Bureau Chief for VOA, where he reported on natural disasters, fragile democracies, and Islamic extremism in Southeast Asia.
But for most of his long career with VOA, Brian was based in Washington, D.C., and traveled around the world, often at a moment’s notice, to cover breaking news, such as democracy protests in Hong Kong, conflicts in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq and Ukraine, or important events such as elections in Venezuela or the Olympics in China.
Brian was born and raised in Levittown, Pennsylvania, studied radio/TV/film at Temple University, and in 1980 joined the Peace Corps, where he spent three years working on educational television projects in Paraguay.
In the run-up to US presidential and congressional elections in November, host Carol Castiel and VOA senior political analyst Brian Padden, speak with John Fortier, Director of the Democracy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center and expert on early voting and absentee ballots, about the politics as well as the incentives for and obstacles to voting by mail.
The Black Lives Matter protests that have erupted in the U.S. following the death of an African American man after being in police custody have increased pressure on Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, to pick a black running mate. While Biden has already promised to name a woman as his vice-presidential nominee, VOA’s Brian Padden reports, the changing political landscape has raised the prospects for some female African American leaders that had not been considered top contenders.